Rethink Recycled Paper

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If recycled paper brings to mind dingy tint or uneven print quality, it’s time to take another look. Due to recent advances and rigorous production standards, there are multi-use copy papers that feature the same hardworking characteristics and brightness as papers made without recycled content. If you’re worried about sacrificing quality when using recycled copy paper, take a look below at the ways recycled paper will exceed your expectations.


The quality of your printed documents will not be sacrificed with multi-use recycled copy paper. Recycled copy paper is generally available in three different varieties—30, 50 & 100 percent post-consumer content—that are engineered for consistent performance and excellent run-ability for your everyday printing and copying. In fact, most multi-use recycled copy paper delivers the same performance as non-recycled multi-use copy paper. If performance concerns are holding you back from buying recycled paper, we’re confident that once you try recycled copy paper you won’t go back.


Recycled paper traditionally has a stigma of being dull, yellow and dingy, but in reality, multi-use recycled copy papers have the same brightness as multi-use non-recycled copy paper. We dare you to compare the papers side by side and you’ll see that it’s difficult to distinguish between recycled and non-recycled paper.


In addition to purchasing recycled paper, it’s important to many consumers that the fiber used to produce a recycled sheet is sustainably sourced. Make sure to check for sustainable forest certifications on product packaging. Forest certification verifies that a specific area of forest is being managed according to certain sustainability standards that work toward the well-being of the environment, as well as the economy and humanity.

  • Over 60 percent of paper products are recovered and recycled (compared to 28 percent for glass, 20 percent for aluminum, and 9 percent for plastics).
  • 33 percent of the materials used to make paper in the United States comes from recycled paper; 33 percent comes from wood chips or scraps from sawmills, and 33 percent whole trees and other plants.

It’s time to get rid of your old perceptions and give recycled paper a try!

When you need a recycled paper, turn to the #1 selling brand*, Boise ASPEN. To learn more about all of the papers available in our ASPEN line and their sustainability certifications, visit us here.
*Sourcing: Boise ASPEN, America’s #1 Recycled Paper Brand, Source: The NPD Group / U.S. Total Channel Tracking Service / Technology Paper / Recycled Post Consumer – Content: 1-100% PCC / January 2014 – March 2017

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