Types of Recycled Content
Post-Consumer Recycled Content: This category is the most important for anyone looking to be as green as possible. Post-consumer recycled content is made from material that was actually used by consumers and then recycled for reuse. So when you put your newspaper in the recycling bin after reading it, it will eventually go toward post-consumer recycled content. What makes post-consumer content so important is that it directly reduces the amount of paper in landfills.
How Green Should I Be?
Just Green: If you’re looking to take some initial steps toward being more green but also focusing on the best value for your business, look at paper with around 10 percent post-consumer recycled content. This is well below recommendations from environmental groups, but don’t discount the value of even a small step. After all, if everybody just used 10 percent post-consumer content instead of 0 percent, that would make a huge difference! Products with 10 percent post-consumer content are a great way to expand the market for green standards to those hesitant to make a more dramatic change due to those price, brand, and quality concerns mentioned above.
Light Green: If you want to want to prioritize environmentally friendly options, look for paper products that meet or exceed the government standard of 30 percent post-consumer recycled content. There should be plenty of options in this range, and look for choices certified by Green Seal, an independent organization that validates environmental claims from suppliers.