The Reality Of Recycled Paper
North American Precis Syndicate
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. (NAPS)
(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
"Using non-recycled paper is not harmful to trees. Because the vast majority
of forests in the U.S.
exist on privately-owned land, selling trees to make paper creates an
economic incentive for landowners to keep forest land thriving."
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
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
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
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 (ASPEN
everyday and premium papers come with 30, 50 or 100 percent post-consumer
content), print on a good recycled paper will be just as crisp and clean as
on non-recycled paper.
• 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, ASPEN 30, 50 and 100
Multi-Use Recycled Copy papers are all 92 bright, just like X-9 Multi-Use
• Jam-Free—If you expect
excellent run-ability from your non-recycled paper, why would you expect less
from recycled paper? All ASPEN papers are
third-party tested to rigorous standards, and backed by a 99.99% Jam-Free®
For more information on choosing the right paper, whether recycled or
non-recycled, visit www.BePaperSmart.com.
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