The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 17, Number 6
Nov 1993


Early Returns from the Abbey Permanent Paper Survey

Questionnaires went out December 9 from the Abbey Publications office to 57 paper companies, asking them to list all papers that meet the newly revised ANSI/NISO standard for permanence, Z39.48-1992. In addition, they were asked to note which of their permanent papers contained recycled fiber, using the definitions of "recycled" and "postconsumer" in the President's Executive Order of October 1993.

Four companies replied by press time, Jan. 13. Their papers are listed below. The list will be expanded and updated in each issue of this Newsletter for the next few months.

A random sample of the papers in the completed list will be tested later this year for conformity to the ANSI specifications: pH over 7.0 (coated) or 7.5 (uncoated), calcium carbonate content over 2%, lignin content under 1%, and a certain resistance to tear.

Most of the papers with postconsumer materials content had 40-50% total recycled content too, not counting broke (paper reused within the mill). (There is no way at present to determine the percent of recycled fiber in a paper, except by asking the mill.)

The simplest way to find any of the papers listed below is to call the company and ask them for the nearest sales outlet or paper merchant that carries their papers. Web grades are sold only in rolls, not in retail quantities. For information on colors, weights, opacity, brightness and so on, see the Grade Finder or Walden's Paper Catalog, if you have them, or consult a printer or paper merchant.

Company

Paper

Use/Type
uncoated unless otherwise noted

% Post-consumer

Eddy

Vista Opaque

1, 5. Bible paper; Offset

-

Eddy

Eddy Featherweight Opaque

1. Bible paper

-

Eddy

Printers Opaque

1. Bible paper

-

Eddy

Vista Opaque 50/10

1. Bible paper

10%

Eddy

Vista Opaque

5, 1. Offset & Bible paper

-

Eddy

Century Premium Opaque 50/10

5. Offset

10%

Eddy

Coho Opaque

5. Offset

-

Eddy

Coho Opaque 50/10

5. Offset

10%

Eddy

Guardian Opaque

5. Offset

10%

Eddy

Rampart Opaque

5. Offset

-

Eddy

Volume Opaque

5. Offset

-

CPFP

Britewhite Solution

5. Offset (sheet-fed and web)

20%

CPFP

Offset Solution

5. Offset (sheet-fed and web)

20%

Mead

Mead Offset Enamel

5a. Coated offset, sheetfed

-

Mead

Moistrite Matte

5a. Coated offset, sheetfed

-

Mead

Richgloss

5a. Coated offset, sheetfed

-

Mead

sig-NATURE R Gloss

5a. Coated offset, sheetfed

10%

Mead

sig-NATURE R Satin

5a. Coated offset, sheetfed

10%

Mead

Signature Gloss & Signature Dull

5a. Coated offset, sheetfed

-

Mead

Moistrite Matte Web

5b. Coated offset, web

-

Mead

Revere Web

5b. Coated offset, web

-

Mead

sig-NATURE R Gloss web

5b. Coated offset, web

10%

Mead

sig-NATURE R Satin Web

5b. Coated offset, web

10%

Mead

Signature Gloss Web & Dull Web

5b. Coated offset, web

-

Eddy

Eagle Poster Paper C

6. Poster paper

10%

Eddy

Century Premium Opaque Cover 50/10

8. Text & cover

10%

Eddy

Guardian Opaque Cover

8. Text & cover

10%

CPFP

Laser Solution

17b. Laser print

20%

CPFP

Copy Solution

17d. Photocopy

20%

B.W.

100% Xerographic

17d. Xerographic

-

CPFP

Fax Solution (plain paper faxes)

17e. Plain paper fax

20%

B.W.

100% Weston Ledger

21. Ledger

-

Recently Introduced and Planned Paper Grades

Eddy

Guardian Offset

5. Offset

10%

B.W.=Byron Weston, Dalton, MA, 413/684-2600

CPFP=Canadian Pacific Forest Products, Montreal, Quebec, 514/878-4811

Eddy=E.B. Eddy Forest Products Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, 613/725-6700

Mead=Mead Fine Paper, div. of Mead Corp., Chillicothe, Ohio, 614/772-0009

The complete set of categories by which the papers will be listed are given below. They were derived from the larger sets of categories in the Grade Finder and Walden's Paper Catalog, and include the major kinds of paper covered by the ANSI standard, that is, "paper for publications and documents in libraries and archives." Only 1, 5, 6, 8, 17, and 21 are used in the above list.

Printing Papers
1. Bible (thin) paper
2. Endleaf
3. Letterpress
4. Map paper
5. Offset
a. Sheetfed
b. Web
6. Poster paper
7. Rotogravure
8. Text & cover
9. Other
Artist Papers
10. Drawing paper
11. Parchment
12. Tracing paper
13. Other
Business Papers
14. Bond & typewriter
15. Bristol
16. Computer paper
17. Copier paper
a. Electrostatic
b. Laser print
c. Liquid toner
d. Xerographic
18. Duplicator
a. Mimeographic
b. Spirit duplicator
19. Forms bond
a. Ink jet
b. Pen plotter
c. Register bond
20. Label stock
21. Ledger
22. Lightweight business papers
a. Onionskin
b. Manifold
23. Security papers
24. Thermal
25. Writing
26. Other

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