Understanding Paper Weight and Brightness


Paper Weight

Paper Weight Chart Description

Paper Brightness

The brighter the paper, the more vivid and crisp your letters, images and colours appear. The brightness of a piece of paper is typically expressed on a scale from 1 to 100 with 100 being the brightest. However, levels usually range from 84 to 100, which are adequate for most digitally printed applications. Brightness levels of 94 to 98 are most often used. Most companies use the US Scale.

Preparing for a Printer Failure


I’m walking by the printing room where Brigid is finishing off the last of our office summer barbecue invitations when I hear the noise. It’s the kind of sound that makes the muscles in your back tighten up – a loud crunching as the paper grinds up into a crumpled and shredded mess between the rollers.

The machine exhales in three high-pitched beeps and the small screen on the front starts flashing.

Brigid looks at me with wide eyes. “Well, that can’t be good.”

She hurries over and reads the words on the touch panel aloud, “Printer fail.”

I follow along and look over her shoulder just as Andy walks in behind me.

“What’s all the commotion in here?” He asks.

Business lady with a printer

“The printer appears to be kaput.” Brigid responds, after checking the paper tray and opening the rear access door to peer inside. She pulls out the torn invitation, which is now covered in ink splatter and not in any way legible.

Normally, after removing the jam the printer would come back to life. But the machine has now completely shut down and refuses to respond to Brigid’s prompting, as she methodically pushes a combination of buttons.

“Ah, yes. It was only a matter of time.” Andy sighs, as if he had been expecting this for a while.

I eye him curiously.

“The printer has been… uhh…disagreeing with me quite often lately,” he says. I can’t help but notice a hint of guilt in his tone. “I was prepared for this moment, which is why I went ahead and placed an order for the All-in-One Inkjet Printer in this month’s Office Plus flyer.”

“With the instant rebate, we saved 55 dollars,” he says, “I figured we couldn’t go wrong.”

Good recovery. I raise my eyebrows, impressed by his proactive efforts.

“It should be in tomorrow, actually.” He smiles.

Brigid lets out a sigh of relief. “Ah, you’re my hero, Andy,” she says, adding, “I never thought I’d hear myself saying that.”

He gives her a wink and struts back out the doorway. I can’t help but laugh. “Oh Andy,” I mutter as I turn to leave the room.

Brigid chuckles behind me. “I can only imagine what the office barbecue will bring!”

Going Green During Your Office Spring Clean


I sit on the floor of my corner office rifling frantically through the last file folder in front of me. To my right, sheets of paper are scattered everywhere. To my left, empty desk drawers hang open, their remnants now dumped all over the floor. “Aha!” I say, snatching up the client document that I just spent the last 20 minutes searching for.

This Monday morning is off to a great start. I let out a deep sigh and take a look around. My office is a complete disaster – clearly due for some spring-cleaning. I pick up the itchy, red and white scarf and matching mittens I received as a Secret Santa gift at the holiday office party four months ago, and toss them in the garbage. What better time than now?

Suddenly, there’s a knock at my door. I look up from the tsunami of office supplies to see Andy poking his head in the doorway. “What’s going on in here, boss?” He asks with a quizzical look on his face.

“Just reorganizing,” I reply, as I hurriedly begin stacking the sheets of paper into neat piles.

Andy steps carefully around the miscellaneous office products strewn across the floor.

Where am I going to put all of this stuff? I wonder to myself.

“Well, isn’t this just perfect timing then?” Andy interrupts my train of thought as he flashes a colourful piece of paper in front of my face.

“You could probably use some of these Recycled Storage Boxes from the April Office Plus flyer,” he says. “They’re made with 100% post-consumer content.”

I reluctantly look to where he is pointing. I really don’t need the distraction right now.

“Did I hear you say Recycled Storage Boxes?” A voice calls out from the hallway. The new intern, Marsha, rushes in through my doorway, nearly tripping over an empty coffee cup. She looks curiously over Andy’s shoulder.

“Wait, is that an O-Ring Recycled Binder I see?” She asks, eyeing the flyer.

Andy nods enthusiastically. “There are all kinds of eco-smart office supplies in here,” he says.

“This is perfect for our new Green Initiative,” Marsha looks up at me with excitement. She has been brainstorming ways to reduce our carbon footprint since the day she started the job – only three weeks ago. “Look at these Eco-Friendly White Filing Labels, boxes of Flexgrip Ultra Recycled Retractable Pens and – what’s that? Recycled Paper Clips!”

Eco-illustration-of-a-group

I can’t help but smile. Their efforts really are inspiring. And with Earth Day just around the corner, we should all be focused on doing our part. I’ve just been so unorganized lately that I completely forgot about the initiative.

“Great ideas,” I tell them, picking up an empty paper clip box and casually tossing it in the garbage. “Let’s place an order.”

Marsha rushes over to the garbage can and pulls out the box. “We can recycle this,” she mumbles softly.

Andy’s eyes follow her. “Wait a minute – is that the scarf I got you for the office’s Secret Santa?” He asks, pointing at the itchy pile of red and white yarn.

My cheeks turn a rosy pink. “Oops, how did those get in there?” I quickly pull out the scarf and mittens and set them on my desk. “I guess I better get back to work!” I say, shuffling the two of them towards the door.

Here we go again, Monday.