Recycled vs. Non-Recycled Paper: Do You #Dare2Compare?

August 22, 2019

If recycled paper brings to mind dull colors, a yellow tint or uneven print quality, it’s time to reassess. Thanks to technological advances and rigorous production standards, recycled papers now feature the same hardworking characteristics and brightness as papers made without recycled content.

You might have heard that recycled paper has equal brightness, consistent performance quality and excellent run-ability and is just as good in quality as non-recycled paper in any setting – yet 46 percent of consumers still believe that non-recycled paper is higher quality than recycled paper.*

If you expect excellent run-ability and a quality look and feel from your non-recycled paper, why would you expect less from recycled paper?

Same Hardworking Characteristics

We want to dispel the myths surrounding recycled paper. Due to recent advances in the production of recycled paper, all Boise ASPEN® Multi-Use Copy papers feature the same hardworking properties as papers made without recycled content. If you’re worried about sacrificing quality, look and feel when using recycled copy paper, don’t be. ASPEN® will exceed your expectations in these three ways:

  • Brightness – Recycled paper does not equal dulled colors, in reality most recycled grades have the same or comparable brightness as non-recycled paper. In fact, ASPEN® 30, 50 and 100 Multi-Use Recycled Copy papers are all 92 bright, just like X-9 Multi-Use Copy paper.
  • Quality – The quality of your printed documents will not be sacrificed with ASPEN® Multi-Use Recycled Copy paper, regardless of the recycled fiber content (30, 50, or 100 percent post-consumer content). ASPEN® Premium Recycled papers have an ultra-smooth finish that makes printing on certified recycled paper just as crisp and clean as non-recycled paper.
  • Jam-Free® Performance Guarantee – Engineered for consistent performance and excellent run-ability, all ASPEN® papers are third-party tested to rigorous standards and backed by our 99.99% Jam-Free® Performance Guarantee.

Make the Switch to Using a Mix

Did you know paper fiber can only be recycled up to seven times before it begins to break down and is no longer usable? It’s true! We need paper products made from fresh, never-used wood fibers to keep the recycling loop going. That’s why it’s best to complement your use of recycled paper with non-recycled paper. A good way to get started incorporating both types of paper into your office’s printing strategy is to stock half of your office printers with recycled paper, we promise you won’t be able to tell the difference.

Still debating? Take the challenge and dare to compare Boise® X-9® Multi-Use Copy paper against Boise® ASPEN® Multi-Use Copy paper, side by side – you’re sure to be impressed when you see how difficult it is to distinguish between the two.

*According to a study from the University of California, San Diego

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