Environmentally Friendly Paper
I have a customer that is requesting I run their job on an environmentally friendly coated stock on my Canon C7000VP. First, what is required for a sheet to be considered a green or environmentally friendly, and secondly what sheets would you recommend?
T0day’s industry standard for a sheet to be considered environmentally friendly typically includes two key components. First the sheet typically carries some type of environmental certification such the Forest Stewardship Council better known as FSC. It confirms the fibers used in the sheet are from woodlands where sustainable forest practices are in use. FSC Certification includes examination and auditing of the land from which the timber and pulpwood originate and tracing it over all the phases of the construction process up until it reaches the consumers. The product is entitled to use the FSC Logo only when this tracking has been independently certified.
The other key component is recycled content. Today for a sheet to truly be considered “green” it needs to contain at least 30% post-consumer and 50% total overall recycled content. Post-consumer content is actually paper waste from the marketplace which is recycled and used as pulp again in the paper making process. The total recycled content includes both market waste and waste that occurs during the papermaking process that is repulped and used to make paper.
Probably the leading “environmentally friendly” coated sheet very popular with digital printers is the Chorus Art Digital line of coated papers. The sheet has 30% post-consumer recycled and 55% total recycled content. The sheet is available in a broad range of basis weights, sheet sizes, and finishes to meet most digital printing needs. The sheet is HP Indigo certified, Kodak Nexpress certified, and recommended for use on all the high heat toner equipment in today’s marketplace.
FSC is an eco-alternative to recycled papers. It is an international non-profit body to support the world’s forests that was founded in 1993. It is their responsibility to make sure that forests are managed to safeguard wildlife territory and respect the rights of the resident communities. Using recycled paper or conventional paper that has completed FSC Certification should only be the options considered. You cannot simply count on on the ones labeled with “Paper from Sustainable Sources” lest they are independently certified. Choosing an environmentally friendly paper is not an afterthought after all; it’s a lifestyle.