Best Practices for Greener Paper
Once you know what goes into making paper, you can start looking for better options—and there are plenty to choose from. You'll find an expanded list of definitions in our glossary, but in general, greener paper should be:
- Made from non-wood sources when feasible (see our eco-fiber list for options).
- A minimum of 30% post-consumer waste (PCW) content.
- Processed chlorine free (PCF).
- Certified Ancient Forest Friendly (See Canopy's Ancient Forest Friendly database).
- Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
- Manufactured using renewable energy, or be offset by legitimate renewable energy credit programs (such as Green-E; see glossary).
- Sourced and manufactured as close to the printing facility as possible.
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