Stocking up on paper? Buy recycled.
One hundred million tons of paper are used in the United States each year, making up 40 percent of our municipal solid waste stream. The paper industry is the third-largest energy consumer in the nation and one of the largest water polluters in the world. Before you buy paper, look for the product with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content and “PCF” on the label, a mark indicating that the recyled paper was processed without chlorine. Staples carries postconsumer, chlorine-free copy paper and college-ruled filler paper. Visit treecycle.com for a wide variety of PCF and recycled paper products, including spiral notebooks.
Get more shopping tips: NRDC’s Back-to-School Checklist