Reducing your paper use and purchasing paper with recycled content can help to save precious resources, and reduce UBC's carbon offset costs.
Producing paper is very resource intensive and requires a lot of energy, water, and raw materials. As per provincial legislation, UBC must buy carbon offsets for all office paper purchased.
When purchasing office paper, choose paper with a minimum of 50 per cent post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, or alternative fibre paper. Through UBC's preferred paper vendor (Grand & Toy), you can now purchase paper with 100 per cent post-consumer recycled content at a lower cost than virgin paper.
- Reduce your paper use
- Alternative fibre paper products (e.g. wheat straw paper)
- Paper with 50-100% post-consumer content
- Paper with FSC certification
- Chlorine free paper
- Bulk purchases or consolidated paper orders
- Virgin paper or paper with less than 30% post-consumer content
- Plastic and excessive packaging by purchasing in bulk, or consolidating orders
- Unsustainably harvested wood resources (i.e. products without eco labels)
- Paper produced far from where it will be used, unless it is made with alternative fibres
Comparing 2 boxes (20 reams) of the following levels of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content paper, or alternative fibre paper over virgin paper, has the following environmental benefits.
Resources saved by purchasing recycled content and alternative fibre paper
|95% Wheat Straw||100% PCR Paper||50% PCR Paper||30% PCR Paper|
Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator Version 3.2.1. Wheat Straw data obtained from TruCost Plc's lifecycle analysis of WheatSheet for Social Print Paper.