GS-
7

Printing and Writing Paper

Update: March 25, 2020 – Due to the extreme impacts to the fiber supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Seal will work with participating organizations to temporarily make reasonable accommodations to fiber sourcing compliance. This measure will aid in the continued market flow of paper products that have consistently met the highest sustainability standard in the market. 

GS-7 establishes environmental requirements for a wide range of printing and writing paper products. The standard includes product performance requirements and environmental health requirements such as:

  • recovered and post-consumer material
  • reduced chlorinated bleaching,
  • and reduced toxicity in packaging.
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standard revisions

Latest version: Edition 6.1, July 12, 2013

Recent Changes: GS-7 underwent corrections and/or clarifications and was re-published on April 30, 2021. For details on the non-substantive changes made to this standard, please see the Standard Documents Library

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CRITERIA THAT HELP PRESERVE THE CLIMATE
Post-Consumer Material 30% of product must be post-consumer material (optional if product meets chlorine bleaching criteria.
RESTRICTIONS TO PREVENT ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS
Hexavalent Chromium Prohibited above 100ppm in packaging
Lead Prohibited above 100ppm in packaging
Mercury Prohibited above 100ppm in packaging
Cadmium Prohibited above 100ppm in packaging
RESTRICTIONS TO PREVENT ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS
Chlorine Free
Processing
Chlorine is not used as a bleaching agent or as a de-inking ingredient (optional if product meets post-consumer recycled content criteria)
packaging and end-of-life management requirements