Recycling & FSC Options
A recent government report indicates that widespread use of paper with 30% recycled content would save 25 million trees annually. Facts such as these, as well as the growing concern for the conversation of natural resources in general, have led many companies (as well as the Federal Government) to specify the use of recycled papers for their printed materials.
At Sentinel Printing, we regularly help customers incorporate recycled papers into their printed products. If you would like to do so, here are some important tips to keep in mind:
Is it Really Recycled?
Consumers often confuse the terms "recycled" and "recyclable." "Recycled" paper refers to new, non-recycled paper that's been mixed with a percentage of recycled paper fibers, or post-consumer content. "Recyclable," on the other hand, refers to the ability to recycle a material such as paper. This distinction is important, as products bearing the "recyclable" symbol are mistaken for "recycled".
Post-Consumer Content Defined
To be considered a "recycled" stock, paper must contain a certain percentage of post-consumer content. According to the most recent U.S. Government guidelines, uncoated offset paper used for book publishing and commercial printing must have at least 30% post-consumer content. Uncoated text and cover paper (including premium stationary and envelope stock) also requires 30% post consumer content to be considered recycled. Another recycled paper category includes supercalendared and machine-finished groundwood papers, which are typically used for magazine publishing. These papers require only 10% post-consumer product to be considered recycled, as do the coated stocks used in annual reports, posters and brochures.
What is FSC?
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
It provides standard setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry.
Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. FSC maintains representation in more than 45 countries.
Sentinel Printing is FSC certified (BV-CoC-009897) by Bureau Veritas
It should be noted that although most paper stocks produced and used in the United States and Canada come from environmentally conscious, reputable paper mills, not all have FSC certification; therefore, they cannot use the FSC logo. The certification adds cost to the paper production which will ultimately affect the price of a finished printed piece. Some major consumers have not been able to bear the increased cost of FSC papers, therefore, commodity papers are most often not FSC certified.
Contact Sentinel Printing early in the design stage to determine what paper style is right for your project. Paper types vary by appearance and printability. Sizing your project accurately will help to determine many factors involved in the printing process.
The Sentinel Printing Advantage
At Sentinel Printing, we're well-versed in producing a wide range of printed materials using recycled stocks. Whether your project is an annual report or a perfect-bound book, let us help you make the most efficient and attractive use of environmentally-friendly recycled papers. Of course, we also use a complete range of regular coated, uncoated and synthetic stocks for almost any application.