Recycled content: Content made from reprocessed waste materials. Recycled content is usually measured as a percent of total weight.
Post-consumer content: Material that has completed its life cycle as a consumer item and is reconstituted into post-consumer recycled fibre.
Pre-consumer content: By-products generated after the manufacturing process is completed and then reconstituted into pre-consumer recycled content.
Paper labelled as "recycled paper" does not necessarily mean it is 100% recycled paper, it could mean anything from 100 percent true recycled paper (great!) to one per cent remanufactured ends of large paper rolls (not that much help). Look for the percentage and type of recycled content, which you should find next to the recycled symbol; e.g.
25% pre-consumer content
75% post-consumer content
The more "post-consumer" recycled content the better.
Chlorine free paper: Chlorine compounds are still used in some paper mills to bleach paper pulp. Dioxins, produced in the chlorine bleaching process, are a persistent organic pollutant and one of the most dangerous substances known to science.
Avoid elemental chlorine bleached paper - ONLY BUY TOTALLY CHLORINE FREE (TCF) OR PROCESS CHLORINE FREE (PCF) PAPER (the product may contain recycled material, which may have originally been chlorine bleached).
Every tonne of paper recycled saves almost 13 trees, 4,100 kilowatts of electricity and more than 30,000 litres (7,900 gallons) of water.
Google your local recycled paper provider.