Awareness of the environment is extremely important to us, so we try to encourage our Clients to use recycled papers and soy ink whenever possible.
What is Soy Ink?
Is made from soy beans as opposed to traditional petroleum-based inks.
Non Wood Paper
There are four different non wood fiber sources from which paper can be made:
- Agricultural Residues: Sugar cane husk; barley, oats etc.
- Fiber Crops: Hemp; Kenaf; Jute & Flax.
- Textile and Cordage Wastes: Cotton linters after ginning for textiles, cotton and linen scraps, old rope (these are already used in specialty papers / currency).
- Wild Plants: wild grasses, sisal, bamboo. These are some of the oldest and most beautiful types of paper.
Sustainable Forestry Fibre (FSC)
Wood fibre that is taken from sustainable forest. Sustainable forestry is a well-managed planting system which allows enough time for tree growth before they are cut.
Paper recycling is the process of recovering waste paper and remaking it into new paper products. There are three categories of paper that can be used as feedstocks for making recycled paper: Mill broke is paper trimmings and other paper scrap from the manufacture of paper, and is recycled internally in a paper mill. Pre-consumer waste is material that was discarded before it was ready for consumer use. Post-consumer waste is material discarded after consumer use such as old magazines, old telephone directories, and residential mixed paper.
The following symbols are often used but most people do not know their different meanings:
This indicates paper that is recycled.
This indicates that the paper is recyclable.
Chlorine-free paper is categorized as either "totally chlorine-free" (TCF) or "elementally chlorine-free" (ECF). TCF paper is produced with pulp that has been bleached without any type of chlorine, or that has not been bleached at all. ECF papers are produced from pulp that has been bleached with a chlorine derivative such as chlorine dioxide (ClO2), but without elemental chlorine (Cl).
TCF papers are much more environmentally preferable than ECF papersbecause chlorine derivatives - while less harmful to the environment than elemental chlorine - still produce toxic chlorinated organic compounds,including chloroform, a known carcinogen.