Paper

Our range of paper supplies has been carefully selected to offer our customers a fantastic choice whatever you’re looking for. Whether it's basic office or copier paper for general day to day use or you need some high quality paper for an important presentation then we have a broad selection from leading manufacturers.

If you would like some help selecting your paper then please call the Office Allsorts team on 0115 9455833.

Buyers Guide

With so many different types of paper on the market it can sometimes be difficult to understand the differences between them and which paper is suitable for a particular task. Below we have put together a handy guide to take you through the key features to look for when selecting your paper.

Size - Paper size is normally measured to the international standard ISO 216 system where A0 (A zero) is the base size and each subsequent size reduces in area by half. For example if two sheets of A1 sized paper were placed side by side they would fit exactly into one sheet of A0 laid on its side. Similarly, two sheets of A2 fit into one sheet of A1 and so forth. Common sizes used in the office and the home are A4 and A3 (A3 is the size of two A4 sheets). The table below details the ISO A Series of paper sizes


Paper Sizes - ISO 216 A Series

Paper FormatDimensions (MM)Dimensions (Inches)
A0 841 × 1189 33.1 × 46.8
A1 594 × 841 23.4 × 33.1
A2 420 × 594 16.5 × 23.4
A3 297 × 420 11.7 × 16.5
A4 210 × 297 8.3 × 11.7
A5 148 × 210 5.8 × 8.3
A6 105 × 148 4.1 × 5.8
A7 74 × 105 2.9 × 4.1
A8 52 × 74 2.0 × 2.9
A9 37 × 52 1.5 × 2.0
A10 26 × 37 1.0 × 1.5

Weight - Papers weight is measured in grams per square metre and is abbreviated to ‘gsm’. Standard printing paper or office paper is generally between 60gsm and 120gsm with 80gsm being the standard weight for most every day office papers. Anything heavier than 160gsm is considered to be card. Weight is a very good indicator or paper quality and in general if you are looking for a superior paper for important printing tasks then 100gsm is a good weight to consider.

Colour - White is the most popular type of paper and is used as a general office paper and for most other office printing tasks. There are many other colours available with the most common being blue, pink green and yellow, these are popular for items such as promotional flyers or brochures.

Looking after your Paper - It’s best to keep your paper in a cupboard away from sunlight, heat and damp as all three of these can warp the paper which can cause it to jam in your printer. If you can’t store the paper in a cupboard then keep it in its box or wrapping as this will help protect the paper until its ready for use.

Understanding Environmentally Friendly Paper

There was time when buying paper that was good for the environment meant paying a lot more for a paper that had a fairly significant yellow tinge to it. Happily the industry has moved on and while the paper quality has increased paper costs has come down. There are two types of paper to look for when buying ‘Green’.

The first is recycled paper, this is paper that has been manufactured from used and discarded paper meaning that no new trees, or virgin, are cut down to produce it. Recycling one tonne of paper would save 7000 gallons of water and reduce greenhouse gases by one metric tonne. However you need to check carefully how much of the paper you are buying is recycled and if possible what form of power was used to recover it and reproduce it If the answer is coal then the paper may as well not be recycled.

The second type of paper is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. The FSC is a not for profits organisation set up to reduce the levels of deforestation around the world. They use a system of tracking and checking timber and pulp right through the supply chain. They ensure forests are properly managed, that indigenous people who live in or rely on the forests are protected and that workers are properly treated. Buying FSC approved paper means you are purchasing a product that is from a sustainable source and won’t simply add to the high levels of deforestation the world has seen over the last 50 years.

Paper at Office Allsorts

There is a very large choice of paper products to choose from so to make selecting your paper easier we’ve split our range up into bite size chunks. For standard office paper or copier paper our A4 and A3 sections hold all the everyday products along with high quality and higher weight papers which are perfect for business letters. We also have a separate category for printing card which is anything heavier than 160gsm. We then have specialist sections for Photo Paper and for Business Cards that you can print yourself rather than paying for an expensive printers. If you have a wide format printer or plotter there is a dedicated category of great value HP paper rolls.

If you need any help or assistance please call the Office Allsorts team on 0115 9455833.

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