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How to choose paper quality

Understanding paper weight

Weight Lb. Recommended Machine Recommended Use Benefit
Standard 20 Copy machines
Plain-paper faxes
Printing emails
High-speed copiers
Jam resistant
Most economical
Works in most copiers
Mid 22–24 Copy machines
Inkjet/laser printers
Double-sided printing
Customer-facing documents
Most versatile
Smoother finish
Less "showthrough"
Works in all office machines
Heavy 28–32 Color laser
Inkjet/laser printers
Double-sided printing
Professional presentations
Heavy-coverage documents
Smoothest finish
Best-looking color
Virtually no "showthrough"

How to choose paper

How to choose paper is a video that shows the paper weight, paper brightness and other aspects of to take into consideration when choosing which paper to use when you print or copy.

Understanding brightness

The brighter the paper, the more vivid and crisp your letters, images and colors appear.

Many paper brands measure paper brightness using one of two scales:

US (Tappi) Scale92969798100
European (ISO) Scale104107-108109110-111112

Environmentally friendly paper

FSC certified paper

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world's forests. FSC sets very high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable way.

Recycled paper

Staples offers high-quality recycled paper, made with post-consumer content.

Paper is produced without using chlorine or chlorine compounds.

Recycled paper myths

Myth: Recycled copy paper is poor quality.
Fact: Technology today makes it possible to create high-quality, high-performance recycled copy papers.

Myth: Recycled copy paper is less expensive than copy paper with no recycled materials.
Fact: Producing recycled copy paper is a complicated manufacturing process. Collecting and converting recycled materials makes it more expensive to produce. However, recycled paper comes at a much lower cost to the environment.

Acid-free paper

Staples also offers acid-free paper, which is archive safe and prevents documents from yellowing over time.

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