How do you find environmental papers? Conservatree does not sell
paper, we only provide as much information as possible on what choices
are available and where to get them. Here is a guide for how to
use our website to quickly find out about environmental paper sources.
BUYING IN LARGE QUANTITIES
If you're buying in large amounts (a pallet - 40 cases - or more),
find the paper you want in Conservatree's ENVIRONMENTAL
PAPER LISTING. (Macs using Internet Explorer link here
instead.) Next to each brand name, the manufacturing mill is
listed. Look up the contact information for that mill, using the
CONTACTS tab at the top of the paper listing page. This
will tell you how to contact the mill's customer service representatives.
Since brands are distributed through different merchants and sources
in different parts of the country, there is usually no one source
we can list, other than the mill. The mill generally sells only
through merchants, but they will be able to tell you who carries
that paper in your area.
BUYING IN SMALL QUANTITIES
Even if you're buying in smaller amounts (reams or cases), the
PAPER LISTING (Macs using Internet Explorer link here
instead) will tell you what brands to look for in your local
stores, online, or on our SMALL
QUANTITY VENDORS list.
BUY FROM SUPPLIERS DEDICATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL PAPERS
Find out about some of the most forward-thinking and committed
environmental paper companies, and the people behind them, in our
Blue, and Greg
The RECYCLED PRODUCTS
PURCHASING COOPERATIVE, a project of the nonprofit Solana
Center for Environmental Innovation, provides copy paper (30% postconsumer
and 100% postconsumer) at prices that meet or beat virgin copy paper
prices for most purchasers who buy a pallet (40 cases) or more.
Co-op membership is free.
LEAF PAPER COMPANY collaborates with paper mills to develop
a broad selection of the most environmentally sound papers available.
They sell nationally, with a special emphasis on service, and handle
sales as small as $250 and as large as $500,000 and higher.
ENVIRONMENTAL PAPERS IN YOUR LOCAL STORES
KINKO'S stocks their self-serve copiers with recycled paper.
Most Kinko's also stock a Green Machine copier featuring copy paper
that is 100% postconsumer, processed chlorine free. Kinko's announced
in March 2003 a new Sustainable Forest-Based Products Policy, developed
in consultation with Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The policy
promises to provide more and higher-content recycled papers, no
use of old growth or endangered forest fibers, stock papers that
are processed chlorine free, increase use of tree free papers, support
source reduction such as double-sided copies, and work with suppliers
to ensure that they also verify their sources and follow Kinko's
STAPLES announced in November 2002 its commitment to phase
out paper products from endangered forests and dramatically increase
its sale of recycled paper, thanks to a campaign led by ForestEthics
and Dogwood Alliance, with help from lots of other environmental
groups around the country.
OFFICE DEPOT now carries its "Green Top" house
brand of recycled paper with 35% postconsumer content at very competitive
prices with many virgin copy papers. We've seen specials where it's
sold at the same price as their house brand "red top"
virgin copy paper.
A number of other office products suppliers - stores, catalogs,
online, and B2B - are also offering recycled papers, as well.