Thinner paper & unwanted mail | WWF

Use thinner paper

The thickness of paper we use makes a big difference both in terms of cost as well as the amount of paper used. You can find the reference to the thickness of paper on the package, mostly ranging from 60gsm or g/m2 (grams per square metre) to 100gsm.
Use lower thickness for your printing and copying needs

Heavier weight sheets use more fibre, cost more per sheet and cost more to post. Most printers work well with 70gsm and 80gsm. Using thinner paper most often does not change the performance and can save money for you too.

Paper with a basis weight of
  • 60gsm uses and costs 20% more than 50gsm;
  • 70gsm uses and costs 15% more than 60gsm;
  • 80gsm uses and costs 12% more than 70gsm;
  • 100gsm uses and costs 20% more than 80gsm.

Thinner paper, big savings

By reducing the basis weight of ATM receipt paper, the Bank of America saved an estimated US$500,000 each year, plus the added savings by cutting storage, handling, transportation and labour costs.

Reduce unwanted mail to your office

Contact mail senders to take your company's name off their mailing lists, or mark unwanted first class mail "Refused, Return to Sender."
For more information, see Reducing Unsolicited Mail at Your Business.

For country-specific ways to reduce unsolicited mail, search for« unsolicited mail » in a search engine such as Google.

Save Paper!

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The Save Paper! section of the WWF website is a detailed guide that allows businesses and individuals to save paper and reduce its environmental impacts.