Step 3: Enter information about your Baseline Paper
The baseline paper is usually the paper you are using today. Enter the paper information.
The Paper Calculator is based on research done by the Paper Task Force, a peer-reviewed study of the lifecycle environmental impacts of paper production and disposal. The underlying data are updated regularly.
Type of paper based on degree of porosity, reflectivity, stiffness, opacity, smoothness, and gloss. Some of the most common grades of paper are free sheet (copy paper), groundwood (newspaper), supercalendered (newspaper inserts), corrugated, and paperboard.
The percentage of PRE- and POST-consumer recycled fiber used in your paper. See entries in our glossary section on postconsumer fiber and preconsumer fiber.
For pulp composition and bleaching technologies, select either National Averages (this is most commonly used) or you can enter customized settings.