The Benefits of Recycled Papers
We used to think our forests and energy sources were unlimited, and that
the Earth was capable of cleaning and renewing itself forever. Today,
we recognize that we have to act today in order to conserve our
resources for tomorrow. Recycling paper has become one of our most
effective tools for doing this. And today's recycled papers allow us to
help maintain the environment without sacrificing quality or economy.
There are many reasons to choose recycled papers:
Recycling conserves forests,
diverts wastepaper (a valuable fiber resource) from landfills, and may
save some of the energy that is used to make virgin paper. Recycled
paper can be brightened with fewer chemicals than virgin papers and
recycled papers continue to help the environment many times over, since
fibers can be recycled repeatedly. There are many other ways that
recycled paper benefits the environment. More information
about conservation, recycling, and how you can help is available
from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Recycled papers meet the same
technical specifications as virgin papers. Many are acid-free for
archival longevity, and they successfully run on the most demanding
copiers, office machines and printing presses.
Recycled papers are available in
everything from bright whites to a wide palette of colors and surface
treatments. Some recycled graphic papers have specks added to the paper
to achieve custom visual effects.
Recycled papers are now available in virtually every grade at printshops, paper distributors, retail outlets and online.
Many government agencies and business purchasers now require the use of recycled papers in their printed materials.