The Reality Of Recycled Paper
(NAPSI)—Some people believe that because paper is made from wood fiber, using paper must be bad for trees. However, research shows using wood-based products like office paper actually helps keep American forests healthy.
“Using both recycled and non-recycled paper is a great way to help the
environment,” says Kate McGlynn, product
environmental steward for Boise Paper, a division of Packaging Corporation of
If trees weren’t needed to make wood products like paper, private landowners might choose to remove forests and use their land for something else, such as agriculture or commercial development.
And a responsibly sourced supply of fresh wood fiber is actually an important part of a healthy recycling loop. When you recycle paper fiber it gets used again and again—up to seven times—in other products, but each time the wood fibers break down. If we only used recycled paper, we would quickly run out!
To support your eco-friendly strategy, McGlynn recommends using a mix of certified recycled and non-recycled papers, like Boise® ASPEN® Multi-Use Recycled Copy and Boise® X-9® Multi-Use Copy.
Performance Issues a Thing of the Past
If recycled paper brings to mind dingy tint or uneven print quality, it may be time to take another look. Thanks to technological advances and rigorous production standards, recycled papers now feature the same hardworking characteristics and brightness as papers made without recycled content.
Here are three key areas in which you can compare the performance of recycled copy paper against its non-recycled counterpart:
• Smoothness—Great print
quality and ink retention are the result of a smoother sheet surface.
Regardless of recycled fiber content (
• Brightness—Recycled paper
traditionally has the stigma of being dull, yellow and dingy, but in reality,
most recycled grades have the same or comparable brightness as non-recycled
paper. For example,
• Jam-Free—If you expect
excellent run-ability from your non-recycled paper, why would you expect less
from recycled paper? All
For more information on choosing the right paper, whether recycled or non-recycled, visit www.BePaperSmart.com.
Thanks to today’s technology, most people can’t tell the difference between recycled and non-recycled paper when it comes to such important factors as brightness and performance.
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