Ask for Recycled Paper. Help complete the recycling loop. Recycled paper may cost a bit more, but you can offset these costs by preventing waste printing fewer copies and fitting more words on each page. Remember to ask about the recycled content and the postconsumer content of the paper. Fifty percent postconsumer means that half of the paper is made of materials that were consumed and recycled. If the postconsumer content of recycled paper is not specified, it is probably made from manufacturing wastes which have not made a complete loop.
- White paper is usually the most recyclable.
- Avoid fluorescent and goldenrod paper.
- Avoid plastic covers and bindings.
Look for “Tree-Free” Paper. Alternative fibers such as kenaf, cereal straw, and sugar beet pulp are used to make beautiful paper. Some sources are: Tree Free EcoPaper (800)775-0225, or visit the CIWMB website. http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/paper/treefree/default.htm