Sustainable vs Recycled Paper: Do You Know the Difference?

If you are a green consumer, you may sometimes check for labels and seals on product packaging in order to purchase paper products that come from sustainable and/or “recycled” resources. But what does all of that even mean?

Never fear! CatPrint is here!

…To make it as easy as possible for you to understand.

Sustainable Paper

Sustainable practice means that as humans, we take the responsibility in trying as best we can to put back what we take from the environment. The idea is that we maintain harmony with nature, so for which ever resource we take, we have to replace it back in the environment in order to continue the balance.

A variety of much more environmentally friendly practices have developed throughout the years as a response to sustainability and better practices in harvesting trees for paper.

One practice is that in order to fell a tree sustainably, tree cutters will do their best to make sure that the seedlings from the trees fall onto the ground so that new trees will grow from them.

Another practice is that once an area is cleared of trees, new trees will be planted in place of them, and that area of trees will not be touched for many years until it is deemed ready to be harvested again.

These practices are sustainable because we are putting back as much as we can for what we have taken, which is completely different from clearing a forest and putting back absolutely nothing.

Recycled Paper

Recycled paper products means exactly what it sounds like: the product was made from previous paper products. If you read our previous posts on the history of paper and how paper is made, you would know that paper is made from fibers. So if you take paper fibers from paper products, mash it together into pulps, then smash them into thin layers and lay them out to dry, you would have recycled paper!

What does this all mean as a CatPrint consumer?

At CatPrint, we are committed to do our very best to provide you with environmentally friendly paper products.

So guess what?

All of our paper stocks are FSC certified!

FSC is the Forestry Stewardship Council which is a non-profit organization that does its best to ensure responsible forestry management internationally. This means ALL of our papers come from sustainable forests, which means you’re printing from CatPrint, you’re doing your part for the environment just as well! Click here for a listing of our paper stock, or click here for a sample request of all of our paper stock!

We are also a White Badge Partner with TerraPass. Click here to find out more!

Edible Packing Peanuts? You’re Kidding!

At CatPrint, we think that attention to detail is important. From paper stocks to envelopes, we are pretty picky about what we use to complete your order. We even carefully consider what to use to protect your order when it ships!

CatPrint uses packing peanuts that are 100% organic, static free, and although they do cost more than traditional packing peanuts, we think that supporting the environment is more important. Every package that CatPrint sends out includes a paper slip letting our customers know that these peanuts are all natural cornstarch. Unlike other packing materials that just create more garbage for landfills, our packing peanuts dissolve in water and safely wash down the drain leaving no waste behind!

And while they are not designed for consumption, if your child or pet were to accidentally eat one, there would be no cause for concern. Just ask CatPrint founder Mitch, who has been known to snack on one or two as he passes by the shipping station.