Want to use environmental papers but don't know what's available?
You've come to the right place for answers.
The environmental paper markets have changed considerably over
the past few years. Some Trends are disturbing,
while others are encouraging.
Choose The Right Grade
Be certain that the type (grade) of paper you're choosing is the
right one for your job. Read the Descriptions
of different paper types to make a good match. In particular, make
sure you're using a paper specifically designed to be used in copiers
for copying purposes. Many of the concerns people have about recycled
paper "not working in copiers" are caused by using inappropriate
papers, not the recycled content.
Many projects could use several different types of paper, depending
on their purpose, desired look, and economics. Projects:
Choose the Right Paper discusses variable options.
Go To The Lists
of Environmental Papers (Macs using Internet Explorer link here
instead) are presented as tables, each dedicated to a different
grade. Explanations of the table categories
and entry conventions follow.
Tree free papers are included in the complete table listings. They
are also compiled into their own Tree
Free Paper Listing.
Short descriptions of common usages for each grade start off each
table, but if you're not sure, read the longer Descriptions
Also check the Paper Products List
for vendors providing products made from environmental papers, including
cards, notebooks, and many more.
Where To Get Environmental Papers
Once you find paper(s) of interest, you will want to learn where
to get that paper in your geographic area. Access routes vary depending
on whether you're buying in large quantities or small.
For large quantities, paper manufacturers usually distribute through
local paper merchants, which vary depending on location. Check the
Mill Contacts page to access the
customer service department of each manufacturer. Ask them who distributes
their paper in your area. Tell them the specific paper you want,
to be sure you get contact information for the right vendors.
Small quantities (reams, cartons, products such as small packages
of letterhead, cards or envelopes) are sold through specialized
vendors. Go to the Buying In Small
Quantities section for tips on finding them and lists of some
of the vendors.