Paper Information


Paper Information

Paper Waste
The average person in the US consumes about 700 lbs of paper, making US the largest consumer of paper in the world. 90% of the printing/writing paper comes from virgin tree fiber. Conventional paper is also bleached using chlorine or chlorine derivatives, which create dioxins and other toxins and pollutants. Once used, paper generally ends up in the municipal waste stream, making up to 40% of the total waste, instead of being recycled and reused.

Recycled Paper
Producing recycled paper causes 74 percent less air pollution, 35 percent less water pollution, and creates 5 times the number of jobs than producing paper from trees. It saves old-growth trees, forest eco-systems, native habitat and biodiversity.

Recyclable, Recycled, Pre-Consumer Recycled, Post Consumer Waste Recycled
It is important to be clear about the meaning between the four terms. The actual percentage of the recycled and post-consumer recycled content is important to note when buying paper, e.g. 50% recycled 20% PCW, means 50% comes from virgin wood, 30% is pre-consumer recycled and 20% is post-consumer recycled. We do our best to find paper products, which are 100% PCW recycled and are either unbleached or bleached without using chlorine or chlorine derivatives.