If your company is trying to do its part to go “green”, one area in particular you might want to focus your efforts on is paper. However, it’s important to recognize that some paper products are greener than others, and then choose your office paper accordingly. Exactly how green is the paper that’s currently used in your office?
Pre-Consumer vs. Post Consumer Content - Pre-consumer content has not been used previously for its intended purpose, and is typically made with scraps or waste from paper mills. Post-consumer content, on the other hand, has been used previously. It has served its intended use in the consumer market, then was recycled and reused in another product, instead of being disposed of and ending up in a landfill. The greenest paper will be labeled with highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Chlorine - The white paper we use becomes that way by being bleached with chlorine, a process that is harmful to both us and the environment. The two most benign bleaching processes are Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) and Total Chlorine Free (TCF), both of which involve the use of no chlorine or chlorine derivatives, and have the smallest impact on the environment. To ensure you are using the greenest paper possible, look for recycled paper bleached by PCF or TCF processes.
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