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Sustainability Acronyms

AFF Ancient Forest Friendly refers to paper that is Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) or Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) and contains only the following fibers: Post Consumer Recycled (PCR), de-inked recycled, agricultural residue (tree-free virgin), or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

APET Amorphous Polyethylene Terephthalate

CSR Corporate Social Responsibility

ECF Elemental Chlorine Free refers to virgin paper that uses a chlorine derivative (e.g. chlorine dioxide) for whitening during the pulping process.

EfW Energy from Waste

EPA Environmental Protection Agency

EPP Environment Preferred Products

FSC Forest Stewardship Council®

GHG Greenhouse Gas Emissions

HDPE High-Density Polyethylene

ISO International Organization for Standardization

LDPE Low-Density Polyethylene

LOHAS consumer Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability Consumers. A demographic sector whose purchase decisions are driven by organic, sustainable, recyclable and eco-friendly products and packaging.

PCF Process Chlorine Free indicates that no chlorine or chlorine compounds were used in the pulp and papermaking process.

PCR Post Consumer Recycled or PCW (Post Consumer Waste) refers to paper that was printed on or used for its intended purpose, put into a recycling bin & then recycled into new paper or products.

PCW Post Consumer Waste (see above). Note that the term "fiber" is often used instead of waste.

PET Polyethylene Terephthalate

PLA Polylactide (PLA), a corn-based material

PP Polypropylene

PVC Polyvinyl Chloride

REC Renewable Energy Credit; see the REC page for more information.

SFI Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

TCF Totally Chlorine Free is designated for virgin fiber papers in which no chlorine or chlorine compounds were used in the pulping process.

TRF Totally Recycled Fiber

UV Ultraviolet

VPI Value Producing Items

VOCs Volatile Organic Compounds