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Buying paper for the home or office?

Date: 27-Oct-14
Author: Chris Philpot

Paper Recycling

Australians are great at recycling, however, when it comes to buying recycled paper we are lagging behind. Less than 1 in every 6 reams of paper used in Australia contains any recycled content.

As the saying goes, unless you are buying recycled you're not really recycling. Aussies seem reluctant to buy recycled paper, which is likely a hang over from the early days when the quality was poorer.

With the establishment of state of the art de-inking processes, it is now virtually impossible to tell the difference between Reflex White 100% Recycled and virgin paper.

Whether you're an occasional user at home, whether you provide it to your kids for their homework or whether you use lots of it at work, by choosing Aussie made, recycled paper you are helping to keep waste paper out of landfill or being sent overseas for processing.

There are three things you should look for to make the right paper choice.

Make It Recycled - As the saying goes, unless you're buying recycled, you're not really recycling. Look for paper with a high-recycled content.

Make It Australian - By choosing Australian made you are supporting local manufacturing and keeping waste paper out of local landfills.

Make It Certified - Individual paper fibres can only be recycled around 7 times before they break down, which means new fibres need to be added to the overall mix. Choosing certified paper means you can be sure that it comes from responsible sources.

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