Saturday, February 6, 2010

Green Printing Tip #32: Is Tree Free Hemp Paper still available?

We are back today with a new tip on our weekly series of green printing tips, where we bring you information on green printing in collaboration with Greg Barber, an experienced eco-friendly printer.

Today Greg is talking about a paper that was used to print the first book made on a printing press - The Gutenberg bible.

Is Tree Free Hemp Paper still available?

Tip #32

Yes. We used to carry a Hemp Blend a few years back, made by the Crane Paper Mill. That line was discontinued and we now have a Hemp Line again.

Recently, my firm brought Hemp Paper into stock in two cover weights and 1 text weight. We feature 110# cover for making
business cards and postcards and for invitation printing.

Hemp comes in a natural cream color, and has specs in the paper, making it look recycled as well as tree free. Hemp is mixed with Post-Consumer Waste and is tree free, or void of tree fiber.

We also have matching envelopes in 4.375 x 5.5 (A-2), 4.75 x 6.5 (A-6), and 5.25 x 7.25 (A-7) invitation sizes. We also have envelopes in a #10 size to accomodate letterheads. The color of the Hemp paper is a natural light brown color.

And the price? The hemp paper is 50% higher than our 100% PCW lines, but it's still affordable. For example: $60 for 500 business cards versus $90 for Hemp business cards.

We also are carrying Tree Free papers in Bamboo, Sugar Cane, Lemon, Mango, Coffee, and Banana. Like the Hemp, these plants are mixed with Post-Comsumer waste to make the new paper.

Finally, here's another interesting fact about hemp and hemp paper:
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp and Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.

For additional information on hemp paper, please call Greg Barber at (973) 224-1132, or email

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