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Terms to Know




These paper products are made from agricultural fibers instead of traditional hardwood pulp. Emerald Brand Tree-Free products are made from sugarcane bagasse, bamboo, and eucalyptus (a fast-growing tree often considered invasive).





BPA Free

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a potentially toxic hormone-mimicking chemical used in some plastics and plastic sealants. BPA has also been found in the ink on newspapers and receipts, leading to the presence of BPA in recycled paper products. Emerald Brand Tree-Free products are naturally BPA free!






Chlorine Free

Our pulp bleaching process uses Hydrogen Peroxide, a much safer alternative to elemental chlorine gas. Recycled products are processed chlorine free (PCF). 







Petroleum Free

Products made with either clay, plant starch, or polylactic acid (PLA) instead of petroleum-based plastics. PLA is a bioplastic derived from cornstarch.







Water-Based Ink

These food-safe items are printed using flexography without the use of solvents.








A compostable material or product will breakdown into usable compost or soil. Composting can be done at home or in a commercial composting facility.








These products will naturally breakdown within one year of disposal.








Rapidly renewable resources can be harvested in 10 years or less. For example, Bagasse is harvested every 9 months and bamboo has a 5-7 year life cycle.







FSC® Certified

FSC, or Forest Stewardship Council®, ensures the health of the world’s forests for future generations. FSC Chain of Custody Certification traces wood-based products through the supply chain from forest to end-user.








USDA Biopreferred®

BioPreferred is a voluntary labeling system that identifies products made primarily of biological or agricultural materials.







Recycled Content

This refers to the total percentage of recovered waste in a product’s makeup. Post-consumer fiber refers to materials used and recycled by consumers before being recovered from the waste stream. Pre-consumer or post-industrial recycled fiber is manufacturing waste repurposed to make something new.






EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines

US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) designates products that can be made with recovered materials and recommends best purchasing practices.







DFE Certified

Design for the Environment (DFE) is an EPA partnership program. The DfE label identifies cleaners that are safer for people and the environment.