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Environmental Paper Definitions

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      Environmental Paper Definitions

t is important to remember that not all recycled papers are the same. The best way to be sure that you are purchasing real recycled paper is to ask your supplier for specific information about fibre content and bleaching methods. The following definitions may help answer some of the questions you or your customer's may have.

Pre-consumer fibre ... is a broad category of paper fibre that basically includes all sources of reused fibre including mill broke and forest waste, like wood chips and sawdust.

Post-commercial fibre ... is any waste recovered after commercial processing but before reaching the end user. (ie. envelope clippings, printing waste)

Post-consumer fibre ... is paper that has gone through its intended use (been purchased by a consumer) and then recovered through a recycling program.

Hydrogen Peroxide ... is a non-chlorine bleaching alternative used to whiten paper. It has no toxic by-products, but requires longer processing to achieve the same brightness levels as chlorine.

Process Chlorine Free (PFC) ... means no chlorine or chlorinated compounds are used in the manufacture of a recycled sheet.

Sodium Hypochlorite ... is the most benign of the chlorine compounds. Because it is an inert salt it does not break down into organochlorines during the paper making process.

Chlorine Dioxide ... is a bleaching method that can reduce organochlorines by up to 40% as compared with straight chlorine. However, it does still produce toxic compounds. Beware of products that claim to be elemental chlorine free because they are probably bleached with this method.
 

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