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The Reality of Recycled Paper

Boise Paper promotes a mix of recycled and non-recycled paper for businesses of all sizes

[JULY 2017] CHICAGO, IL — Some people believe that because paper is made from wood fiber, using paper must be bad for trees. However, research shows using wood-based products like office paper actually helps keep American forests healthy when the wood fiber is sourced responsibly.

"Using responsibly-sourced recycled and non-recycled paper is a great way to help the environment," says Kate McGlynn, product environmental steward for Boise Paper, a division of Packaging Corporation of America. "When forests are managed sustainably, using non-recycled paper is not harmful to forests. Because the vast majority of forests in the U.S. exist on privately-owned land, selling harvested trees to make paper creates an economic incentive for land owners to keep forest land thriving."

If trees weren't needed to make wood products like paper, private landowners may choose to remove forests and use their land for something else, such as agriculture or commercial development.

And a responsibly-sourced supply of fresh wood fiber is actually an important part of a healthy recycling loop. Recycled paper fiber can be used again and again – up to seven times – in other products, but each time the wood fibers break down. If we only used recycled paper, we would quickly run out!

To support an eco-friendly strategy, Boise Paper recommends using a mix of certified recycled and non-recycled papers, like Boise® ASPEN® Multi-Use Recycled Copy and Boise® X-9® Multi-Use Copy.

Performance Issues a Thing of the Past

Now, if recycled paper brings to mind dingy tint or uneven print quality, it may be time to take another look. Thanks to technological advances and rigorous production standards, recycled papers now feature the same hardworking characteristics and brightness as papers made without recycled content.

Here are three key areas you can compare the performance of recycled copy paper against its nonrecycled counterpart:

  • Smoothness – Great print quality and ink retention are the result of a smoother sheet surface. Regardless of recycled fiber content (ASPEN every day and premium papers come with 30, 50, or 100 percent post-consumer content), print on a good recycled paper will be just as crisp and clean as non-recycled.
  • Brightness – Recycled paper traditionally has the stigma of being dull, yellow and dingy, but in reality most recycled grades have the same or comparable brightness as non-recycled. For example, ASPEN 30, 50 and 100 Multi-Use Recycled Copy papers are all 92 bright, just like X-9 Multi-Use Copy paper.
  • Jam-Free – If you expect excellent run-ability from your non-recycled paper, why would you expect less from recycled? All ASPEN papers are third-party tested to rigorous standards, and backed by a 99.99% Jam-Free® Guarantee.

For more information on choosing the right paper, whether recycled and non-recycled, visit www.BePaperSmart.com.

About Boise Paper:
Boise Paper is a division of Packaging Corporation of America, headquartered in Lake Forest, IL. Boise Paper manufactures a full line of quality papers including imaging papers for the office and home, printing and converting papers, and papers used in packaging, such as label and release papers. Through their Paper with Purpose™ promise, they commit to delivering excellent value while sustaining environmental, economic, and social resources for future generations. Keep current with news and events at www.BoisePaper.com.

Source: Boise Paper

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