Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Green printing tip no. 21: What new developments have surfaced in Green papers?

We have another tip for you 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 beginning a 4-part series that will focus on the companies that have a vital part in green printing - the paper companies.

What new developments have surfaced in Green papers?

Tip #21

This is the first part of a series I will run on paper for the next 4 weeks. In this series I will feature the major mills and the variety of "green" options they offer. Today, I am just touching on two mills: Mohawk Paper and Neenah Paper.

1. Mohawk Paper

A. Beckett Cambric
They have introduced 100% post-consumer waste fiber to this prestigious line. Cambric has a linen finish, and I recommend this paper for stationery orders. Cambric is FSC certified and produced using Wind energy.

B. Options PC 100
Mohawk has added an I-Tone finish to their flagship 100% PCW line. The I-Tone finish allows this grade to print heavy solid coverage on the new Indigo presses. The printing on this paper allows for a flat finish, like offset printing. Options PC 100 is FSC certified and produced using
Wind Energy.

C. Genesis
Mohawk has taken over Smart Paper Mills. I recommend this 100% PCW line when you need
darker colors, like kraft. I make a lot of pocket folders on this line. Genesis is FSC certified and produced using Wind Energy.

2. Neenah Paper

A. Environment
This is the leader in the industry for 100% PCW and Tree Free. Environment has added Tree Free Bamboo & Sugar Cane, mixed with 50% PCW. The resulting line comes in two natural colors an white. I do a lot of postcards and business cards, and stationery on this addition. Their 100% PCW lines have expanded to 5-6 colors. Environment is FSC certified, and Green E certified.

B. Classic Linen/Laid/and Crest
Neenah added 100% PCW to all three finishes. These papers have been used for over 30 years,
and are the standard for quality text papers. I recommend them for brochures and high quality stationery orders. Like all of my recommendations, these papers are FSC and Green E certified.

C. Translucent paper

They added a recycled version. This paper separates sections in a brochure, etc.

Pricing: These papers are moderately priced. The one advantage of printing on uncoated
papers, is they bulk higher than coated papers, and you can use a lighter sheet to accomplish your thickness needed. For instance, you could use an 80# weight, instead of a 100# weight in
coated. That would save 25% in paper bought. Also, these lines feature 100% post-consumer waste, which I promote the most.

Next week, I will feature my less expensive paper ideas.

To learn more about the mills and their offers please visit their websites - and On their webiste you can find information on the weights, the sizes, etc. Neenah has also the color chips online (Mohawk will have their color chips online soon).

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