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Substance waste in the air from combustion and production activities, especially involving carbon dioxide (CO2).

Paper having a pH value greater than 7, which contains calcium carbonate. Also called acid-free paper.

Unit of measurement used to determine the thickness of paper, which is calculated based on the weight of 1,000 sheets in standard format in its category.

Biogas EnergyGas resulting from the decomposition of waste in a landfill that is sent to the Cascades Rolland mill and used in place of fossil fuels to produce paper. Using this green energy substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Property of the whiteness of paper, measuring the ability of the sheet to reflect a ray of light, taking into account the colour blue in the spectrum.

Thickness of a sheet of paper, calculated in mils (thousandths of an inch or 0.001").

Paper surfaced with a coating to provide a smooth, bright printing surface.

Fibres from old papers and cardboard that have had ink and any other contaminant removed in order to reuse them.

Printing produced by sending digital information to a printing plate, a cylinder and then a substrate.

Calculates the quantity of natural resources consumed by an individual, group or company, as well as the waste and pollution generated by their lifestyles.

Éco-LogoCertification symbol of environmental products of the Environmental Choice Program (ECP), developed by Environment Canada. The criteria considered for fine papers involve air emissions, water discharge, waste, energy consumption and the efficient use of fibre.

High-quality printing papers, including coated and uncoated papers.

Textual qualities of the paper surface.

• Antique: Rough, natural-looking finish used on uncoated papers, especially for books.

• Smooth: Smooth, soft finish used on uncoated papers.

• Matte: A non-reflecting finish used on coated papers.

• Gloss: High-gloss finish with bright reflection used on coated papers.

• Linen: Honeycomb finish reminiscent of canvas, used on uncoated papers.

• Vellum: A relatively rough paper with a natural appearance that resembles an eggshell, used on uncoated papers.

FSC RecycledCertification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which certifies the 100% post-consumer content of the paper, taking into account all transformation steps, from raw material to the consumer.


The mass of a surface unit of paper determined by the standard test method and expressed in grams per square metre (g/m2).

Non-cellulosic part of wood that keeps the fibrous parts together. The lignin is extracted from chemical pulp to prevent the yellowing of the sheet.

Paper pulp from wood obtained entirely by mechanical means.

Indirect printing method created by the ink being transferred between the printing plate, the rubber blanket and the substrate. Continuous presses and sheet-fed presses fall under this printing category.

The capacity of a paper to hide the characters printed on its other side.

Unit of measurement primarily used for book printing, which specifies the number of pages contained in one inch. Note: A sheet contains two pages.

PermanentAn alkaline or neutral paper, also called acid-free, that can resist more than 100 years in normal warehousing conditions. Criteria and certifications are established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


Post-consumerContains wood fibre that has been recuperated entirely from paper used by consumers through recycling programs and has been de-inked without chlorine.


Post-industrialContains wood fibre that has been recuperated from paper used in industrial applications and has been de-inked without chlorine.


Procédé sans chlore (PCF)Certification issued by the Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA), which certifies that the paper was produced without the use of chlorine.


RecycledContains wood fibre that has been recovered from paper used in industrial applications and consumer waste.


Reproduction process using laser printing or ink jet.

Paper containing features to deter counterfeiting and forging, used, for example, for money and passports.

Characteristic property that enables an assessment of the degree of relief of a paper surface to be made during standardized test conditions.

Residual solid products resulting from the process of manufacturing pulp and paper.

Refers to all insoluble solid matter found in water.

Colour shade of paper.

Side of paper facing upward during production.

Paper without coating and mechanical pulp providing a uniform, non-reflective surface.

Paper made exclusively from wood fibre harvested from forests.

Permanent mark within the sheet of paper made while the paper is still wet. Watermarks are a sign of prestige and security.

Property of the whiteness of paper, measuring the ability of the sheet to reflect a ray of light, taking into account all the colours in the spectrum.

Downside of paper that comes into contact with the canvas of the paper machine during production.