Recycled paper

Producing paper can have a significant impact on our natural environment, from sourcing the fibre to the processes and chemicals used to make it soft, white and smooth.

Sadly, approximately 70% of all paper produced comes from virgin fibre (such as rainforests). Cutting these old growth forests also accounts for around 30% of global carbon emissions. This needs to change!

At PrintTogether, we only use high quality recycled papers. If it's not recycled we don't touch it! Our house stocks are 100% post-consumer recycled. More details on the stocks we use can be seen below.

Why use recycled paper?

With an ever-increasing amount of papers coming onto the market from sustainably managed forest plantations, one might ask why use recycled? The simple answer is, the more we can re-use materials such as paper the less waste we produce.

Paper made from tree plantations is far better than paper from virgin forests. However, it still has an effect on our natural environment. Plantations of only one species do not provide suitable habitats for wildlife. It has also been known for virgin forests to be cleared to make room for plantations.

There is now such a wide range of recycled papers on the market, that are of such a high quality, that you really have no excuse not to use them.

What is the difference between post-consumer waste, pre-consumer waste, mill-broke and alternative fibres?

Post-consumer waste - is paper and card, from items such as juice containers, that has been used and then recycled and made useable again.

Pre-consumer waste - is from paper that has left the paper mill but never made it into use, such as off-cuts and test sheets from printers. This is then sold back and reused again.

Mill-broke – is paper that never leaves the mill, such as off-cuts and low quality rejected materials. This is re-pulped and put back into the mix.

Alternative fibres – are derived from materials other than wood such as cotton, bamboo, bagasse or sugar cane waste.

Does recycling paper use more resources?

No. Making paper from recycled fibre rather than virgin fibre (from trees), produces less air and water pollution. It also generally requires less water and energy to produce. Recycling paper requires removing ink with a type of soap, which results in a toxic sludge. Using vegetable based inks, helps to solve this problem.

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ABOUT THE PAPERS WE USE:

We use the best paper stocks available with the highest levels of post-consumer waste fibre. We can print on any recycled paper. However, below are our two preferred stocks for quality & environmental credentials. PrintTogether buy these two 100% post-consumer recycled papers in bulk to help reduce costs. Samples are available upon request.

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Premium white = EcoStar

100% Post-Consumer Recycled (Uncoated)

For real quality on 100% post-consumer recycled you can't go past EcoStar. It is the smoothest, whitest, high quality carbon neutral uncoated recycled paper on the market. Some recycled papers are not as white as virgin pulp papers, but EcoStar is an exception, offering a great alternative. Ideal for higher quality photographs and fine line artwork.

Environmental overview:

Recycled content: The recycled fibre is from 100% post-consumer waste and carbon neutral. The post-consumer fibre is sourced close to the mill, requiring little transport and thus minimising greenhouse emissions.
Environmental Management Systems: ISO 14001
Bleaching Process: Process Chlorine Free (PCF)

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Raw brown = Boxboard

100% Post-consumer recycled (Uncoated)

Our brown unbleached alternative. Ideal for swing tags and rustic looking materials that don't require a great deal of detail. We suggest using bold block colour and black artwork rather than fine line and images for this stock.

Environmental overview:

Recycled content: The recycled fibre is from 100% post-consumer waste.
Bleaching Process: Unbleached