Books printed on yellowish recycled paper make for easier reading than those printed on brand new, bright white paper, according to CP Stationery Sdn Bhd managing director Tan Kheng Beng.
Scientific research has shown that for some people, reading text on freshly made paper causes discomfort or difficulty because certain light wavelengths and colours can cause the brain to distort the information it receives.
“It can lead to eye strain, sleepiness, poor comprehension and short attention spans.”
Tan said recycled, off-white and non-glare paper had been proven to help some people read more effectively.
“Such paper alters the contrast between the words and the pages to make reading and comprehension easier for some,” he added.
Tan’s description of the pros of using recycled paper is part of the message in the ‘Use Recycled Paper and Save The Environment’ campaign led by Malaysian Newsprint Industries Sdn Bhd (MNI).
CP Stationery, based in Bukit Minyak Industrial Estate, Penang, is one of the campaign beneficiaries and staunch promoters of using recycled paper.
“We hope to push the initiative to over 300 publishing companies in Malaysia and our team will also visit schools and government agencies to promote this,” he said on Wednesday.
“So far, we have brought the campaign to over 30 schools across the nation.”
Tan said the campaign includes the introduction of recycled paper and showing books printed with it.
“We hope to teach those who join the campaign to insist on the use of recycled paper,” he said.
The campaign hopes to reduce the negative impact of excessive paper use on the environment.
Tan said that other than saving the environment, the use of recycled paper also reduces pollution from the waste and chemicals resulting from paper production.
“The initiative of using paper which has been used and reconstituted will definitely lead to rainforest preservation,” he added.