A Common Misconception about Recycled Paper

Some people believe that because paper is made from wood fiber, using paper must be bad for trees. However, research shows using wood-based products like office paper actually helps keep American forests healthy.

About 90 percent of the wood harvested in the United States for products like paper and lumber comes from forest land privately owned by families and businesses that make their living operating sustainable forests. If trees weren’t needed to make wood products, private land owners may choose to remove forests and use their land for something else, such as agriculture or commercial development.

Additionally, a responsibly-sourced supply of fresh wood fiber is actually an important part of a healthy recycling loop. When you recycle paper fiber, it gets used again and again – up to seven times – before it begins to break down and is no longer usable. While using recycled paper is part of a great eco-friendly strategy, in order to keep the recycling loop going, we need paper products made from fresh, never-used wood fibers. If all we used was recycled paper fiber, we would quickly run out!

That’s why we recommend using a mix of certified recycled and non-recycled papers, like Boise® ASPEN® Multi-Use Recycled Copy paper and Boise® X-9® Multi-Use Copy paper.

So how can you make the switch to using both recycled and non-recycled paper in the office? It’s simple. A good rule of thumb when it comes to incorporating both types of paper into your office’s printing strategy is to make sure that at least half the printers in your office are using recycled paper – we promise you won’t be able to tell a difference! These days, with the quality of recycled papers such as Boise ASPEN, you can use recycled paper for printing everything from everyday documents to reports or proposals. If you need a heavier paper to print professional quality documents, images or color charts and graphs, opt for a premium recycled paper such as Boise ASPEN Premium Recycled Color Copy paper or Boise ASPEN Premium Recycled Laser paper.

By following this easy-to-implement practice, you’ll find that making sure your office uses a mix of recycled and non-recycled copy paper> can be a breeze.

That’s why it’s best to complement your use of recycled paper with non-recycled paper. Luckily, today’s recycled copy paper, such as Boise® ASPEN® 30 Multi-Use Recycled Copy paper has the same high-quality look and feel as non-recycled paper.

So how can you make the switch to using both recycled and non-recycled paper in the office? It’s simple. A good rule of thumb when it comes to incorporating both types of paper into your office’s printing strategy is to make sure that at least half the printers in your office are using recycled paper – we promise you won’t be able to tell a difference! These days, with the quality of recycled papers such as Boise ASPEN, you can use recycled paper for printing everything from everyday documents to reports or proposals. If you need a heavier paper to print professional quality documents, images or color charts and graphs, opt for a recycled premium paper such as Boise ASPEN Premium Recycled Color Copy paper or Boise ASPEN Premium Recycled Laser paper.

By following this easy-to-implement practice, you’ll find that making sure your office uses a mix of recycled and non-recycled copy paper can be a breeze.