Is it better to buy recycled or virgin paper?

Always buy recycled paper. 100% post consumer waste is the best.

Virgin paper is usually from pulped wood. Recycled paper is partly or wholly from re-used paper products.

Recycled paper production: 

  • reduces the amount of waste going to landfill 
  • uses less timber 
  • uses much less energy than virgin paper

Both jobs and the economy would benefit from increased paper recycling.

Try to: 

  • Reduce - use e-mail when possible 
  • Reuse - print on both sides 
  • Recycle - use local recycling facilities

WRAP has more information on recycled paper production.