Step 3: Enter information about your Baseline Paper

The baseline paper is usually the paper you are using today. Enter the paper information.

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Give Your Paper a Name:
Select a Paper Grade:
(select one)
What is this?
Bleached uncoated printing and writing papers containing not more than 10% groundwood or other mechanical pulp.
Enter Quantity:
Enter the Percent of
Recycled Content:
What is this?
% (Please note new instructions for entering recycled content by clicking “what is this?”)
Paper Details:
What is this?
National Averages Customized Show Advanced Settings
Comparisons are based on national averages
for pulp composition and bleaching technologies.
Total Pulp Content %

Percentage of Virgin Pulp %
Kraft Bleached  
Enhanced ECF (ECF with oxygen or extended delignification) %
Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF, 100% D) %
Kraft Unbleached  
Linerboard %
Medium %
Integrated %
Non-integrated %
Stone or pressurized groundwood %
Thermomechanical (TMCP) %

Percentage of recycled Pulp %
Recycled Office Paper (De-inked kraft) %
Recycled newspaper (Mechanical) %
Recycled corrugated containers
(Non-deinked kraft)
Mixed Paper/ Board (Non-deinked mixed) %
Total (must be 100%) %
Step 4: Click "Add a 2nd Paper" to add an additional paper to your comparison or click "Calculate" to view the environmental impacts of your current choices.

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.