The first step in choosing paper is to evaluate how to reduce paper
use so that you're only using what's truly needed. The section on
source reduction and reducing waste
includes an overview, as well as great tips on:
CHOOSE THE RIGHT GRADE
Then decide which grade (functional type) of paper you need for
the job at hand. Papers are made to meet different technical specifications
for different needs, so choosing the right grade is critical.
- Find out what grades of paper
are used for particular types of jobs.
- Or, match your project up
to the grade that will best meet your needs.
After learning about the types
of environmental papers available, how do you choose what environmental
attributes are "the best"?
Can't find the type of environmental paper you need? Maybe you
can pioneer a custom paper.
SOURCE THE PAPER
The Environmental Paper Sources page
gives you an overview of how to find papers and the suppliers that
Find out about the some of the most forward-thinking and committed
environmental paper companies, and the people behind them, in our
Cost issues are often a major concern to buyers choosing environmental
papers? Did you know that many recycled papers are the same
price, or even less expensive, than virgin papers, and that
price differentials on recycled papers that do cost more are very
Some mills sell their recycled coated
papers at the same price as their virgin papers. Find out which
Find out some of the factors affecting
cost, as well as steps you can take
to reduce or eliminate its impact on your project.
Some types of paper use raise special issues or require specialized
information. See special sections on/for:
Book Publishers - Conservatree is an advisor to the Green
Press Initiative, focused on converting U.S. book publishing
to environmental papers. The Markets
Initiative works with Canadian book publishers and authors.
Magazine Publishers - See the website for the Magazine PAPER Project, focused on converting magazines
to environmental papers. Now headed up by Co-op America, the Magazine
PAPER Project was originally started by a collaboration between
Conservatree, the Independent Press Association, and Co-op America.