Paper continues to be a good choice for some applications. Here are some examples of paper made from sustainable sources. These are from quickly grown sources, or making use of waste materials.
- FSC — Some paper products are available with Forest Stewardship Council Certification (FSC Certification) to ensure that the product is made from responsibly managed and harvested, renewable forest resources. Cost is about $17 for 1,500 sheets from HP [View] and also available from other sources. [View]
- Residual Plant Fiber — Paper from Blue Cat Paper company is made from “cotton, linen, coffee husk and other residual plant fibers such as lemongrass, corn husk, mulberry, banana, flax and elephant poo.” [View]
- Sugarcane — Paper made from sugarcane waste. Cost is about $20 per ream from Bazic [View], or $35 from TreeZero [View], or $22 for three reams from Nat [View]
While choosing renewable materials is good, there is still considerable energy required to create paper regardless of the materials used. So, efficient use and conservation is important. Organizing and note taking practices that make use of scrap paper can be helpful in this regard.
Learn more about Tree-Free Paper on Wikipedia. [View]
Manufacturers and Suppliers
Here are some leading manufacturers and suppliers.
- Bluecat Paper — “Bluecat Paper was started in 2018 with a focus on creating 100% TREE-FREE & sustainable paper products. These papers are lovingly created and designed with cotton, linen, coffee husk and other residual plant fibers such as lemongrass, corn husk, mulberry, banana, flax and elephant poo.” [More]
- TreeZero — “TreeZero is the only 100% tree free, carbon neutral paper brand in North America. Our paper products are made using sustainable, sugarcane based natural resources. One pallet (40 boxes) of TreeZero paper saves 24 trees, while one pallet of 30% recycled paper saves just 7 trees.” [More]