A4 paper is by far the most commonly used in businesses and homes and is the paper standard that the majority of fling products are also tailored towards. There are many different colours and thicknesses available on the market; however it is 80gsm white paper that makes up the vast majority of paper purchasers. This is known by many names including copier paper, multifunctional paper, copy paper, everyday paper and office paper. This type of A4 paper is suitable for nearly all printing jobs in the office and also has relatively low price tag.
If you need any help choosing your A4 paper or are looking to purchase in bulk quantities then please call the Office Allsorts team on 0115 9455833 for assistance.
A4 Paper on the face of it may seem like the easiest purchase to make, however there are many potential differences to consider and also the big environmental impact buying very cheap paper can have on the planet.
What should you consider when purchasing A4 Paper……
Weight - Even everyday office and copier paper can be very different in terms of finish and quality which can affect the quality of the print or copy. The primary difference is the ‘weight’ of the paper, measured in GSM or grammes per square metre. The lower the gsm the thinner the paper. Normal office copier paper is usually 75gsm or 80gsm and anything 160gsm or over is generally considered to be card. If you are looking for paper of a slightly higher quality, perhaps for printing letters or customer mailers then consider using 90gsm paper or above. The addition of 10gsm extra may seem small but it adds weight and thickness and creates the impression of quality.
Colour - This may seem fairly obvious to point out as there is clearly a difference between white paper and the wide choice of coloured papers available. What may not be so obvious is that white paper also has a colour grading system called the ‘CIE Measure’. This grades paper based on the light that is reflected by the paper across the visible spectrum. A perfect sheet of white paper would score 100, however most office papers will measure between 130 and 170 on the scale. The closer to 100 the figure is the higher the whiteness of the paper. The majority of papers listed on our website will display the whiteness or CIE measure in the specification section of the product pages.
Finish - For business letters or important correspondence it may be worth considering a paper with a none plain finish. The two most common finishes are Laid and Wove. Laid paper has finely ribbed appearance which is created during the manufacturing process. Wove paper has a very fine mesh like finish.
Environment - A big differentiator among papers is the environmental credentials a paper can claim. At one end you have the very cheap paper, manufactured from wood pulp of questionable origins, using potentially damaging manufacturing processes such as chloride bleaching and being manufactured in countries known for exploitative labour practices. In the middle you have papers manufactured from wood pulp from sustainably managed forests and at the other end you have paper manufactured from 100% recycled paper. A good rule of thumb when purchasing paper is to look for the letters FSC which stand for the Forest Stewardship Council. If a paper is certified by the FSC then is has met several criteria covering how it is produced and how sustainable the forests are from where the wood pulp is taken. Generally cheap paper has no FSC mark and will be extremely damaging to the environment. For further information please visit the FSC website .