I have to admit, paper is one of these things I just take for granted, it’s there in the printer, and I don’t think twice about it. Until I got two reams of Boise paper to try out in the mail. One ASPEN Multi-Use Recycled Copy Paper and one ream of X-9 Multi-Use Copy Paper.
Boise Paper is a division of Packaging Corporation of America (PCA). It is one of America’s top selling paper brands with decades of performance, and the wood fiber is sourced responsibly. The paper is made in the USA.
One thing that caught my eye was the 99.99% Jam-Free Guarantee. I was intrigued it was even something you would test, and Boise paper sure is serious about that. Who wants to spend hours by the printer trying to un-jam it? Time is money, and it will save you a lot of frustrations.
Recycled and normal paper. I don’t think I had ever used recycled paper knowingly. What is the difference? Glad you asked. Because Boise Paper is daring us to compare, and promising equal quality between the two.
For many years, recycled paper was easily recognizable. It had less brightness, the printing quality was uneven… not anymore. With ASPEN Multi-Use Recycled Copy Paper, the quality is just the same as with the non-recycled Boise X-9 Multi-Use Copy Paper. The touch feels just the same, and they have the same specs.
The ASPEN Multi-Use Recycled Copy Paper line comes in three varieties. 100%, 50% or 30% post-consumer content. A couple of things I learned were that paper is actually a way to keep private tree growers in business, when they might otherwise cut down the trees and turn their land into fields or build on it. And that you want to keep using a mix of recycled and non-recycled paper, because well, you need new paper to make recycled paper! There are only so many times you can reuse the wood fibers and make paper again. After seven times, they break down, so you need to keep putting in new fibers.
If you use recycled and non-recycled paper at home and in the office, the cycle will keep on going.
Would you like to try recycled paper and dare to compare to normal paper? Thanks to Boise Paper we are organizing a giveaway for a $50 Office Depot gift card. One lucky reader will be picked on August 15th. To enter, click here and fill in your details. That easy! Good luck!!
Brad - MaximizeYourMoney.com says
I love recycled paper. The cost difference often gives me enough pause to buy something else though.
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Michael Dinich says
I love using the recycled paper, I often use it for reports that I hand out to clients. We have a wax printer and the lower sheen makes the text pop, where normal copy paper can loot too glossy.