Paper and specialty media guide
Avoid paper with rough or heavily textured surfaces.
Use inks that are not affected by the resin in toner. Inks that are oxidation‑set or oil‑based generally meet these
requirements; latex inks might not.
Print samples on preprinted forms and letterheads considered for use before buying large quantities. This
determines whether or not the ink in the preprinted form or letterhead will affect print quality.
When in doubt, contact your paper supplier.
Using recycled paper and other office papers
As an environmentally conscientious company, we support the use of recycled paper produced specifically for use in
laser (electrophotographic) printers.
While no blanket statement can be made that all recycled paper will feed well, we consistently test papers that represent
recycled cut size copier papers available on the global market. This scientific testing is conducted with rigor and
discipline. Many factors are taken into consideration both separately and as a whole, including the following:
Amount of post-consumer waste (We test up to 100% post-consumer waste content.)
Temperature and humidity conditions (Testing chambers simulate climates from all over the world.)
Moisture content (Business papers should have low moisture: 4–5%.)
Bending resistance and proper stiffness means optimum feeding through the printer.
Thickness (impacts how much can be loaded into a tray)
Surface roughness (measured in Sheffield units, impacts print clarity and how well toner fuses to the paper)
Surface friction (determines how easily sheets can be separated)
Grain and formation (impacts curling, which also influences the mechanics of how the paper behaves as it moves
through the printer)
Brightness and texture (look and feel)
Recycled papers are better than ever; however, the amount of recycled content in a paper affects the degree of control
over foreign matter. And while recycled papers are one good path to printing in an environmentally responsible manner,
they are not perfect. The energy required to de-ink and deal with additives such as colorants and "glue" often generates
more carbon emissions than does normal paper production. However, using recycled papers enables better resource
We concern ourselves with the responsible use of paper in general based on life cycle assessments of its products. To
gain a better understanding of the impact of printers on the environment, the company commissioned a number of
life cycle assessments and found that paper was identified as the primary contributor (up to 80%) of carbon emissions
caused throughout the entire life of a device (from design to end-of-life). This is due to the energy-intensive
manufacturing processes required to make paper.
Thus, we seek to educate customers and partners on minimizing the impact of paper. Using recycled paper is one way.
Eliminating excessive and unnecessary paper consumption is another. We are well-equipped to help customers
minimize printing and copying waste. In addition, the company encourages purchasing paper from suppliers who
demonstrate their commitment to sustainable forestry practices.
We do not endorse specific suppliers, although a converter's product list for special applications is maintained. However,
the following paper choice guidelines will help alleviate the environmental impact of printing:
Minimize paper consumption.
Be selective about the origin of wood fiber. Buy from suppliers who carry certifications such as the Forestry
Stewardship Council (FSC) or The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). These certifications