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Understanding paper weight

When choosing paper weight, consider how you’ll use the paper. Heavier paper is great for professional documents, while standard-weight paper is best for everyday use.

Weight

Lb.

Recommended Machine

Recommended Use

Benefit

Standard

20

Copy Machines

Plain-paper taxes

Faxes

Drafts

Printing emails

High-speed copiers

Jam resistant

Most economical

Works in most copiers

Mid

22-24

Copy Machines

Inkjet/laser printers

Proposals

Presentations

Double-sided printing

Customer-facing documents

Heavier

Most versatile

Smoother finish

Less "showthrough"

Works in all office machines

Heavy

28-32

Color/laser

Inkjet/laser printers

Signs/flyers

Double-sided printing

Profressional presentations

Heavy-coverage documents

Heaviest

Smoothest finish

Best-looking color

Virtually no "showthrough"

Understanding brightness

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

Many paper brands measure paper brightness using of two scales:

US(Tappi) Scale

92

96

97

98

100

European(ISO) Scale

104

107-108

109

110-111

112

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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