Paper and Office Machines
recycled paper perform competitively in office machines?
That is the question we asked paper buyers, paper users,
copier and office printer equipment manufacturers, copier
service technicians, environmental groups, and technical
experts. The answers are surprising.
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Summary - A good overview of the comments
- What do paper buyers and office workers have to say
about using recycled paper in copiers and office printers?
Groups/Recycled Paper Advocates - What do environmentalists
say who have studied paper issues in-depth?
Equipment Manufacturers - We asked them if people's
concerns are warranted. Their answers are mythbusters.
Equipment Experts - There are some "super-copier-users"
such as Kinko's (now FedExKinko's), which uses recycled
paper in all its copiers, and Buyers Laboratory, which
tests copiers for the equipment manufacturers and major
corporations. If recycled paper causes problems in copiers,
these people will be the first to know it.
Paper Manufacturers - We asked them the questions
that came up again and again. They gave us fascinating
insights into the complexities of making copy paper.
Service Technicians - The technicians who come
into offices to maintain and repair copier machines
have a big impact on people's assessment of recycled
Paper Listings - Where can you find out what
recycled paper are available and where to get them?
- Resources and source listings
Hoover, Recycled Paper Coalition (now at NRDC)
for organizing and conducting most of these interviews,
but especially for designing a most accessible format
Cahillane, Recycled Paper Coalition
for interviewing the copier service technicians
for terrific website assistance
first published June 11, 2003