New lightweight paper set to reduce environmental impact of printing

April 8, 2012 by  

A new lightweight paper has been developed and is set to reduce the environmental impact of printing and paper storage when it launches later this year.

The new ultra-thin paper has been developed by printing giant HP and was recently unveiled at an Italian printing conference that focused on sustainability. Dave Lobato, who is HP Imaging and Printing Group’s environmental programme manager, spoke about the new paper, which will be much thinner than regular paper. He said of the new design that this would cut down significantly on storage space.

Lobato also alluded to the fact that the paper would take less resources in terms of raw materials and water to produce, and the fact that it is so lightweight would reduce pollution created by transportation. The new paper is 22 per cent lighter than normal paper. By purchasing this kind of paper, printing companies or print shops in Chesterfield and the surrounding area could save money and reduce their carbon footprint by investing in it.

Chesterfield like many other UK towns has found it difficult to maintain a steady economy throughout recent financially challenging times. However, as the UK economy in general looks to be steadying itself, now is the time to make the changes that will save money in future and will be more sustainable from an environmental point of view.

The ultra-thin HP paper is due for release in Europe later in 2012, or early in 2013.