Xerox develops environmentally progressive High Yield Paper

August 1, 2007 Xerox has developed a new, lighter business paper optimized for digital printing that saves on mailing costs and significantly reduces the impact on the environment by using half as many trees. The new High Yield Business Paper is made via a mechanical process that uses less water and chemicals and results in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75% according to Xerox.

Xerox High Yield Business Paper is made through a “greener” process than standard paper used with digital printers. For example, High Yield Business Paper uses 90% of the tree versus the 45% used to create traditional digital printing paper. In addition, High Yield Business Paper requires less water and chemicals and is produced in a plant using hydroelectricity to partially power the pulping process. This process reduces fossil fuel use and results in up to a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Developed by scientists and engineers at the Xerox Media and Compatibles Technology Center, a lab devoted to paper innovation located in Webster, N.Y., the Xerox High Yield Business Paper is a mechanical fiber paper that overcomes operational problems, such as curling and dust, which until now prevented mechanical fiber papers from being used with digital print devices.

The lighter weight of High Yield Business Paper makes it ideal for transactional printers and direct-mail centers seeking to reduce shipping costs. A printer who used a carton of the new paper to print and mail 1,000 5-sheet document sets would save $80 in mailing costs because of its lighter weight. According to the manufacturers, the High Yield Business Paper has 10 percent more sheets per pound without impacting on performance. This reduces the cost per roll or 500-sheet ream, helping print providers increase profit margins.

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