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 October 22, 1999

Broomfield’s CGPress chosen to test new tree-free paper

BROOMFIELD – CGPress, a Broomfield printing firm, has been selected to introduce Continuum, a new line of tree-free papers produced by Crane & Co. Inc., a paper manufacturer based in Dalton, Mass.

Made from textiles and crops, tree-free paper may appear to be an innovative response to environmental concerns, but it’s actually an old idea being recycled into a new line.

Nationwide, 14 large and small printing firms were chosen as beta test sites for Continuum, and three more may be involved in the project. CGPress is the only Colorado site.

According to Julie Boston, CGPress president, it wasn’t until 1860 that paper made from trees became the norm. And as evidence mounts that logging and cutting old growth forests is causing irreparable damage and as farmers look for alternative crops, an interest in the paper has resurfaced.

CGPress now has started printing the tree-free line. But even before the first sheets were printed, the firm already had received inquiries about the paper from the University of Colorado and local design and marketing firms.

“We just got it, and it has already sparked an interest,” Boston said.

Continuum paper is made from various recycled fibers and plants, including kenaf, a cousin to cotton and okra, industrial hemp, cotton rags, old money and denim cuttings. According to Boston, the use of these recycled materials diverts tons of scraps from landfills every year.

The firm plans to produce test jobs over the next four months after which time the paper will be available to everyone.

Compared to regular paper products, Boston said the tree-free line is of a better quality. But like other tree-free paper, it’s also more expensive. “It’s not for every customer,” Boston said. “It fills a great niche for people wanting to make a statement.”

CGPress also offers recycled papers and printing using soy-based inks.

There are no limits to the type of paper product that can be produced, it depends on what image the customer wants to get across.

“A company may want to do a promotion done on old money or denim,” Boston said. “Business organizations involved in agriculture may want to use something printed on kenef, something farmers can actually grow as crop and be profitable.”

BROOMFIELD – CGPress, a Broomfield printing firm, has been selected to introduce Continuum, a new line of tree-free papers produced by Crane & Co. Inc., a paper manufacturer based in Dalton, Mass.

Made from textiles and crops, tree-free paper may appear to be an innovative response to environmental concerns, but it’s actually an old idea being recycled into a new line.

Nationwide, 14 large and small printing firms were chosen as beta test sites for Continuum, and three more may be involved in the project. CGPress is the only Colorado site.

According to Julie Boston, CGPress president, it wasn’t until 1860 that…

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