In the paper trade, a common way to distinguish a paper’s quality, and purpose, is in terms of weight.
What kind of paper should you stock? Stores and companies often ask this question, hoping for a definite answer. You should strategically choose your paper based on the client. There are many different types of paper varying in thickness, gloss, size, shape, all for different uses. When you’re deciding on what types of paper to have, you need to know your clients and your brand.
When you decide on a paper product, it’s important that you begin with the end in mind. You have to have an idea how the paper will be used. There are many different weights and glosses of paper that affect printing. The type of paper determines the quality. A heavier paper is going to feel more luxurious than a thinner paper. Compare a wedding invitation to a grocery store receipt. They’re both printed on paper, but feel worlds apart. When choosing multipurpose paper for an office, 24lb paper makes a huge difference compared to 20lb everyday copy paper.
During the 1980s, the Brundtland Commission disclosed a glaring reality to the world stage - modern paper production processes apply little forethought regarding the needs of future generations. The concept of sustainability was originally termed by the commission’s report, Our Common Future. By endeavoring to control resource depletion rates, the Brundtland Commission awakened the modern age of recycling.
When many people think about paper being made, they imagine big trees sliced into super thin sheets, but that’s not how it works. Paper is made from pulp, which comes from the cellulose in trees. Looking at the pulp industry worldwide, there are millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars made globally to make paper products. The basic process of turning trees into a pulp is important for making all different types of paper products from tissues to toilet paper. The pulp industry is ancient but also modernized with innovation that incorporates sustainable and environmentally friendly sourcing and manufacturing processes.
Look around, what kinds of things surround you? Electronics, snacks, pieces of paper? These products didn’t just materialize; they were part of a long process requiring resources from around the world. Your tiny smartphone is composed of hundreds of compartments that require different metal and glass pieces that had to be mined, manufactured, and then transported. Even a sheet of paper has a larger footprint than just the tree it came from. It requires water and energy to go from a large tree to a perfectly thin and white sheet of paper.