In virtually every other country in the world, the weights of various paper types are described by the simple definition of grams per meter squared (GMS). In Montreal, Paris, or Kabul for that matter, 52 GMS paper is heavier than 45 GMS. However we live in the USA where we boldly ignore the far superior


Using Paper KILLS TREES!

Nonsense, trees are a renewable resource.  Did you know there are more trees in the USA than there were on the 1st Earth Day in 1970?  Western Web only buys from domestic mills with a record of sustainability. Besides, paper is still a very valuable part of everyday life.  As proof we offer:

Using Paper KILLS TREES!2013-03-20T15:38:08+00:00

Agricultural waste can be turned into air pollution or paper

While investigating the situation in Clayoquot Sound I made friends with a Greenpeace associate.  We didn’t agree on everything, but we each trusted the other and stayed in touch.  A few months after the trip he asked if I would participate in a test program to make newsprint from rice straw. Representatives from Greenpeace, The

Agricultural waste can be turned into air pollution or paper2012-09-28T22:29:01+00:00

Clayoquot Sound

In early 1993 I was reading The Sacramento News & Review, which my company printed.  I read an editorial about a terrible paper company that was leveling the forests and defiling a fantastic place called Clayoquot Sound. The editorial said Pac Bell was using this paper and should be taken out behind the wood shed

Clayoquot Sound2012-08-31T15:49:02+00:00

Another one bites the (saw) dust

The last remaining 100% Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) newsprint mill in the Western United States is gone, see Snowflake Mill Closure. Recycled newsprint mills are really suffering while companies processing raw trees are doing better.  Trees are cheaper and more available than recycled paper.  Every recycled newsprint mill in the US of which I’m aware is

Another one bites the (saw) dust2012-08-31T15:23:02+00:00

Di’s have it.

Western Web is excited (Yippie!) about our new Ryobi 3034 DI press. This technology was developed in the 1990’s.  My good friend Art and I went to see the very first one made by Heidelberg unveiled during a trade show.  The press was secreted behind a huge, black drape, viewable by invitation only. The operators

Di’s have it.2012-07-03T20:07:46+00:00

Blame it on Yin

From the start Western Web boasted “We only use recycled paper.”  Now I’m forced to say, “We use the highest recycled content paper available.”  For the first time we’re going to report in 2011 we used some paper that is not even considered “recycled” by California, which requires a 40% post-consumer waste content to qualify.

Blame it on Yin2012-03-20T18:31:33+00:00