Office Paper

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.

Choose
  • 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
Avoid
  • 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
Environmental Benefits

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
  • 1 tree
  • 2,332 litres water
  • N/A
  • 54 kg CO2 equiv.
  • 1.2 trees
  • 2,124 litres water
  • 17 kg solid waste
  • 47 kg CO2 equiv.
  • 0.6 trees
  • 1,064 litres water
  • 9 kg solid waste
  • 24 kg CO2 equiv. 
  • 0.35 trees
  • 640 litres water
  • 5 kg solid waste
  • 14 kg CO2 equiv.

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.

Labels to Look for 

EcoLogo

Certification provides assurance that a product, service or packaging meets rigorous multi-attribute, life cycle–based environmental standards.

FSC

Certification ensures wood and paper products were created in a manner that is environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.

PCF

Certification confirms products are manufactured free of chlorine chemistry.