Environmentally Friendly Paper
How do you choose paper that is good for the environment and meets your needs?

Don't worry! Choosing the right paper is EASIER than you thought!

There are a lot of different factors, but this site will help you sort them out. Use our lists to help find the right brand. Or start with our FAQs.

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Paper making is one of the largest and most resource intensive industries in the world? Find out more about the industry and its environmental impacts.


Key Factors - The 3 most important things to look for:
Post Consumer Content: This is the single most important factor to look for. Post-consumer content is recycled fiber from consumer products that are actually reclaimed and used in manufacturing new products. Look for high levels of postconsumer content. <more>
FSC Certification: The Forest Stewardship Council certifies forest products that use fibers harvested in a responsible manner. When your paper does have virgin (non-recycled) fiber, look for FSC. But always make sure it also contains recycled content. <more>
Bleaching: Most papers require bleaching, and non-chlorine-based bleaches are the best for the environment. Look for paper that is PCF (processed chlorine free - for recycled fiber) or TCF (totally chlorine free - for virgin fiber). <more>



Experienced or Large-volume purchasers:
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Pocket Guide To Purchasing <pdf>
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Single Stream Best Practices Manual

About Conservatree

At Conservatree, we know environmental paper. Originally a company founded in 1976, we jump-started the markets for recycled paper and became the first national paper merchant dedicated to providing environ-mental papers in the U.S. and Canada.

In 1998, Conservatree became a nonprofit research & consulting organization. We no longer sell paper. Instead, we provide fair, reasonable, and savvy information about all kinds of environmental papers.


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