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Madison, Wis. -- Researchers at the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) have joined with other federal agencies and the pulp and paper industry in an effort to reduce the economic costs and environmental impacts of the paper commonly used in business and government offices while simultaneously improving the paper's quality.

The federal government annually buys so......

Full article >>> the range from 82 to 95. A brightness index of 90 or above is commonly associated with "high quality" papers. Some manufacturers add fluorescent compounds to the paper's surface to increase brightness even above 100 percent. At least one major store chain advertises paper with a brightness index of 113.

Because pulp must be bleached at least five points higher than the final paper brig......

Full article >>> rth America , some 40 million tons of bleached kraft paper are produced each year, and 98 percent of that paper is used by businesses, state and local governments and consumers.......

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