Using Recycled Paper
Using recycled paper is one of the most environmentally friendly choices any consumer can make. Although government accounts led the way into the recycling trend, corporate America now enthusiastically embraces that trend as well, as companies bring in new customers by the fact that they’re turning their attention to environmental issues.
In the early days of recycling, paper with recycled content had a rougher texture and noticeably lower brightness than paper made with virgin stock. However, as recycling methods have improved, so has the look and feel of paper made with recycled material. To the average user, virgin paper and recycled paper will look essentially identical. Recycled paper has the same brightness, the same shade and for the most part looks basically the same. In addition, our technicians report that in BLI testing, there is no statistical difference in runnability between recycled and virgin paper.
Recycled paper can cost more than virgin paper because the recycled waste used to make recycled paper actually costs more than virgin fiber today. But just because recycled paper is an environmental choice, it doesn’t make it the highest priced choice. Although more expensive from a manufacturing standpoint because there are added steps, those costs are not necessarily passed on to the customer. It’s always best to shop around.