Although you may set out with the best intentions for making your printing job as environmentally friendly as possible, when it comes to understanding labels and paper standards, even the most green-conscious people can have second thoughts. There’s also the matter of figuring out what environmental paper stock will work for your particular job.
To go green without the headache, read through this guide and have a chat to your local Kwik Kopy Account Manager. They’ll be able to provide you with specific, expert advice on the best environmental solutions for your next print job.
Making sense of green standards and labels
Paper which, partly or wholly, is manufactured from recycled material.
ECF – Elementally chlorine-free
Woodpulps bleached without the use of chlorine gas, a product found to cause toxins in pulp mill effluents.
TCF – Totally chlorine-free
Paper made from woodpulps bleached without the use of chlorine chemicals. That is, no chlorine gas or chlorine dioxide.
EMAS – The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme
A voluntary environmental management system for companies and organisations. This standard requires public reporting on progress towards environmental targets, and rigorous environmental management.
ISO 14001 – International Environmental Management Standard
This specifies the actual requirements for an environmental management system. It applies to those environmental aspects over which the organisation has control and can be expected to influence.
An eco-label applied, in the main, to papers produced by Scandanavian integrated pulp and paper mills that have particularly low sulphur emissions.
Suggested paper stocks
Produced using 50% post consumer waste, this high quality stock is FCS Certified and has ISO14001 accreditation. Mega Recycled is manufactured at the Gohrsmuhle Mill, who have their own waste water treatment plant.
Recommended for: Magazines, Brochures, Catalogues, Stationery, Newsletters, Point of Sale
Cyclus Offset Recycled
Manufactured from 100% Post Consumer Fibre, Cyclus offers good print performance, high bulk and opacity at a competitive price. Laser and Inkjet compatible in 80, 100 and 115gsm, Cyclus is acid free with archival properties – 200 years.
Recommended for: Annual reports, Brochures, Catalogues, Direct mail, Newsletters, Prospectus
Evergreen is the complete range of recycled and alternative fibre papers. Your choice of product includes 100% post-consumer fibre, 50% bamboo fibres combined with 50% post-consumer fibre and 30% post-consumer fibre combined with ECF pulp. All post-consumer waste is processed chlorine free (PCF).
Recommended for: Brochures, Catalogues, Certificates, Covers, Folders, Letterhead, Stationery
Printkote is an environmentally responsible paper manufactured using ECF pulp sourced from sustainable, well managed forests. Printkotes manufacture is certified under ISO 14001 environmental management systems.
Recommended for: Covers, Folders, Greetings cards, Invitations, Packaging, Swing tags
Titan Plus Gloss
Titan Plus Gloss is an environmentally responsible paper manufactured under ISO 14001 environmental management standars using Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulps from sustainable, Well Managed Forest.
Recommended for: Annual reports, Brochures, Catalogues, Corporate communications, Covers, Menus, Newsletters, Prospectus