Environmental Paper Network

  Step 3

Enter a Baseline Paper Group

The baseline papers are usually the papers you are using today. Enter the paper information. Paper details are based on national averages. Use the edit link to customize any paper type.
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Paper Type Tons % Recycled

  Step 4

Click "Add a 2nd Group" to add an additional paper group to your comparison or click "Calculate" to view the environmental impacts of your current choices.

The Paper Calculator is based on research done by the Paper Task Force, a peer-reviewed study of the lifecycle environmental impacts of paper production and disposal. The underlying data are updated regularly.

Type of paper based on degree of porosity, reflectivity, stiffness, opacity, smoothness, and gloss. Some of the most common grades of paper are free sheet (copy paper), groundwood (newspaper), supercalendered (newspaper inserts), corrugated, and paperboard.

The percentage of PRE- and POST-consumer recycled fiber used in your paper. See entries in our glossary section on postconsumer fiber and preconsumer fiber.

For pulp composition and bleaching technologies, select either National Averages (this is most commonly used) or you can enter customized settings.

What Users Are Saying

"Staples uses the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator as a highly credible tool to help our customers better understand the environmental impacts of efficient use of the paper they purchase.

"The tool is easy to use and provides customers with environmental metrics which are relevant and easy to understand."

Mark Buckley, Vice President of Environmental Affairs

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For information about the life cycle analysis used in the Paper Calculator, click here.

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