GPN-fk1   Purchasing Guidelines for
Printing and Copying Papers
Green Purchasing Network (GPN)
These guidelines cover important environmental issues that should be considered when purchasing printing paper (non-coated printing paper, coated printing paper, micro-coated printing paper and special printing paper) and/or copying paper (PPC paper, form paper, ink-jet printing paper, photocopying paper, thermal printing paper and diazo [blueprint] paper).
When purchasing printing/copying paper, the following should be considered to minimize the environmental burdens.
[The important point:  Raw material - Pulp]
Pulp is divided into 2 categories: erecycled pulpf, which is produced from waste paper, and evirgin pulpf, which is produced from timber.
Use of the recycled pulp contributes to the reduction of the waste and of excessive demand on the forest resource.
Timber used for the production of the virgin pulp is a renewable resource if it is obtained from properly managed forests. The use of the craft pulp - a type of the virgin pulp - can lead to the reduction of the CO2 emission from the production process where fossil fuels are used. This is because the craft pulp maintains much energy by making use of the biomass energy. Considerations must be given, however, not to lead to the forest destruction with illegal timbering and inappropriate forest management.


Much of the following pulp should be blended:

A: Recycled pulp
B: Virgin pulp that can be considered green:

@ Timber used as raw material must be produced in accordance with the law and the rules of the regions where the trees are logged
A Produced from certified forest timbers, afforestation timbers, or re/pre-use timber that contributes to the efficient use of resources

Bleached without the use of Chlorine gas is preferable (e.g. ECF pulp)


The production companies take into account the sustainable forest management by monitoring the logging of trees


Without excessive surface coating


Without processing that prevents easy recycling of the paper

Use of locally logged timber

*These guidelines are subject to change in accordance with new findings and changes in social conditions.
Established Nov 7, 1996
Revised Aug 29, 2002
Latest Revised Oct 2005

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