What is recycled paper?

Wikipedia defines recycled paper as “… the process of recovering waste paper and remaking it into new paper products.”

Recycled paper can be made from three different types of sources:

1. Mill broke (scraps left over from the manufacturing of paper),
2. Pre-Consumer Waste (paper discarded before use by consumer),
3. Post-Consumer Waste (paper discarded after use by consumer).

To be considered recycled, paper must include a certain amount of Post-Consumer Waste (PCW). The required amount varies based on paper type: at least 30% for plain and premium uncoated stocks and 10% for coated and cast coated substrates.

Over the years, recycling processes have improved greatly, making recycled paper a responsible, logical choice. Delivering high-quality results, the end product is typically comparable to that of virgin fiber paper.

At Green Books N Binders, we constantly test new paper products to provide our customers with a selection of recycled or responsibly produced printed material that will provide brightness, smoothness, excellent print quality and durability at a comparable cost to virgin fiber papers and non-recycled material.

Get in the loop with Mohawk

Earlier this month, North American paper manufacturer, Mohawk Fine Papers, launched a new line of eco-friendly papers. Described to us as Mohawk “to the next environmental level”, every new paper produced in this line is renewed, recycled and responsible. Offering the largest selection of 100% PCW options, this line makes it easier for designers and printers alike to do the right thing for the environment without sacrificing quality or selection.

FEATURES

–          Made with renewable energy and post-consumer fiber
–          Variety of shades are available (35 to be exact), from bright white to rich black
–          8 finishes, including unique “silk coated” finish (with 50% pcw to boot!)
–          The line is FSC-certified
–          Manufactured with Green-e certified windpower
–          Made carbon neutral
–          Packaged in environmentally responsible packaging materials.

… And the list goes on

Needless to say, this new line of papers is a great step towards making sustainable options easily available in the same quality one would expect from its more environmentally harmful counterpart.

Don’t just take our word for it – see for yourself. Order a free Mohawk Loop swatchbook.

(Read the Mohawk Loop press release here.)

Print Green for Earth Day 2010

Happy Earth Day to all!

We are wrapping up our last day at the ON DEMAND 2010 Expo in Philadelphia (Stop by Booth 312 if you’re there!) It has been a very successful show and while we are very busy, we’d still like to take some time to post some tips for developing eco-friendly presentation/convention materials (it IS Earth Day after all.) See the list we’ve compiled below, and if you think of anything we missed, leave a comment!

1. Print on recycled or high PCW content paper.
It’s good for the environment! Use papers that contain at least 30% recycled or PCW content or that are FSC or SFI certified. When you do this, you help promote re-forestation and keep trees growing.

2. Reduce wasted space.
When formatting your content, always remain conscious of the space you’re using. If you have a lot of unused space on a sheet of paper, consider printing it on a postcard size piece. Also, reduce your margins and font size if you want to add more information. Try to minimize the amount of blank space.

3. Reduce pages used.
Always print on both sides of your paper. You’ll use half the amount and not only be greener, but lower costs at the same time.

4. Work with a web-to-print company.
If you’re outsourcing your printing, be sure to use a web-to-print company whose majority of business is done online (upload files, view proofs, view history, etc.) It’s better for the environment and much more efficient!

5. Use recycled products.
If you’re printing perfect bound workbooks, or coil bound manuals, use a printer that produces recycled versions. Recycled products are available in the same quality you would expect from its more environmentally harmful counterpart.

6. Print what you need – when you need it.
Work with a printer that specializes in short-run, on demand printing. Find out the number of expected attendees and only print what you need so you don’t have extra copies that you will never use (especially if the information is time-sensitive).

7. Promote responsible disposal.
Remind everyone you’re presenting to that your pieces are recycled and FULLY RECYCLABLE. Encourage responsible disposal and you will be helping to make a difference.

Using some or all of these tips next time you print will not only reduce your carbon footprint but can also reduce costs. Do your part. For Earth Day 2010, help grow trees by printing green.