Official Institute business paper is now 100 percent recycled and features the new MIT random watermark. The premium 24-lb. writing paper is of archival quality, available in white or natural white, is laser- and inkjet-compatible and will perform better in mailing machinery than the old 20-lb. bond.
Samples are available for review at the Publishing Services Bureau in Building E28 and in all Copy Technology Centers. Blank sheets may be purchased through ECAT/Office Depot for $11.85 per ream, or ordered for custom print stationery through the Publishing Services Bureau at x8-9380.
The recycled bond is made from 30 percent post-consumer waste and 70 percent pre-consumer waste. "This is an important part of a set of larger environmental initiatives at MIT, including a revitalized recycling program and a 'green' purchasing policy," said Vice President John R. Curry.
Kathryn Willmore, vice president and secretary of the Corporation, noted that on average, "MIT uses 10,000 pounds of bond annually, so as an institution, our paper use has a measurable impact on the environment."
The new random watermark furthers the Institute's 'greening' efforts by reducing the manufacturing waste to only 1 percent, where previously there had been 5 percent waste to center the watermark on each page.
"The technology now exists to create clean papers free of imperfections. Recycled paper now looks and feels no different from non-recycled paper" and will have matching unwatermarked envelopes and card stock, said Monica Lee, director of the Publishing Services Bureau.
Questions about the MIT watermarked bond should be directed to Ms. Lee or Maryann Czerepak of the Publishing Services Bureau (x8-9380), Steve Dimond at the Copy Technology Centers (x3-2806), Jack Maley at Office Depot (x3-4760) or Judi Bean in Procurement (x3-8348).
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on August 29, 2001.