HP Offers Wide Choice of RecyclabLe Inkjet Papers from Responsibly Managed Forests

If your company is committed to using environmentally printing papers, consider the wide selection of inkjet-compatible FSC-certified wide-format papers from HP, Inc. Certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) confirms that wood used to make the papers was responsibly harvested from sustainably managed forests.

HP, Inc. has reaffirmed its commitment to designing products that are manufactured, used, and recovered in a more sustainable way. In HP’s 2018 Sustainable Impact Report, HP Inc. CEO Dion Weisler said, “Across HP, we are reinventing our company to meet the evolving needs of our business and the world we share…And, together with our partners, we will lead a sustainability revolution fueled by technology.”

Freedom Paper sells a wide selection of the FSC-certified bond, photo, poster, and specialty papers featured on HP’s Eco Solutions webpage. Below are some of the FSC-certified wide-format HP inkjet printing materials that can be purchased directly from Freedom Paper’s website.

Bond Papers
Photo Papers
Poster Papers and Specialty Papers

If you have questions about the different properties of any of these printing papers, chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335.

For more information about HP’s leadership in sustainability, read HP’s Sustainable Impact Report 2018.

Artist Chooses HP wallpaper to Print 365 Art Posters

It has been said that if you pay attention to boredom, it gets unbelievably interesting. Such is the case for Singaporean designer, Darius Ou, whose design project, Autotypography, sprang to life after he found himself bored at design school.

Ou began illustrating a poster a day, creating a visual autobiography of his daily life. The project went viral when he posted the images to his website.

Ou’s work breaks the rules of “good design” by stretching, deconstructing and experimenting with typography.“Along the way I began to experiment with aesthetics,” says Ou “and the project became an inquiry into the current state of visual culture. Through this exercise, I learned a lot about myself, my views and eventually formed my practice.”

Darius Ou designed a poster a day every day. The visual diary was printed on HP PVC-free Wallpaper an installed to the gallery walls for an exhibition at the LASALLE College of the Arts’ Institute of Contemporary Arts in Singapore.

His collection of 365 posters, created using a variety of Adobe software, was printed and showcased as part of the Dissolving Margins exhibition at the LASALLE College of the Arts’ Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore.

Ou needed a durable paper material that would print high-quality with bright color saturation yet adhere well to the walls of the gallery and still allow for repositioning during the installation process.

“It wasn’t easy to lay out 365 posters of different sizes to the walls of the gallery,” says Ou. The curator of the show reached out to HP for advice. The posters were printed on an HP Latex 360 wide-format inkjet printer using HP PVC-free Wall Paper which was “perfect for the requirements!”

Ou was impressed with the durability as the posters were repositioned many times and the HP wallpaper showed no signs of tearing. 

HP PVC-free Wall Paper is pre-pasted. Because only water is needed to activate the adhesive, the printed wallpaper is easy to install.

To see more of Darius Ou’s innovative work, visit dariusou.work or facebook.com/dariusodh.

HV PVC-free Wall Paper can be ordered from the Freedom Paper website in 42. and 54 in. roll widths.

Survey Shows How Consumers Perceive Print, Paper, and Environmental Concerns

As digital publishing has increased, paper manufacturers have kept a close eye on the shifting demand for paper and printed communications. Paper companies are also keenly interested if outdated assumptions about the environmental impact of paper have affected demand.

Two Sides North America recently published the results of an independent survey in which consumers throughout the U.S. were asked about environmental topics and preferences related to paper and print.

The survey was commissioned by Two Sides and conducted by the independent research company Toluna. In the U.S., 2,094 consumers were surveyed. In Canada, 1,044 consumers participated.

A few of the findings are highlighted below:

The Environment

It is clear from the survey that consumers are concerned about the environment. But there are some obvious gaps between consumer environmental perceptions and the real facts. This is particularly evident for questions related to forest management and recycling.

  • 58% of U.S. consumers surveyed believe U.S. forests have been decreasing in size since the year 2000. In fact, U.S. forests had a net growth of over 1,500 NFL football fields per day since 2000.
  • Only 15% of Americans and 21% of Canadians think the paper recovery rate exceeds 60% when it is over 68% in the U.S and 70% in Canada.
  • Out of 6 choices, Americans and Canadians rank urban development (first), construction (second) and pulp and paper (third) as having the most impact on global deforestation. Agriculture was ranked as having the least impact.

In fact, agriculture is the top cause of global deforestation. And in most developed countries, such as the U.S. and Canada, pulp and paper is not a cause of forest loss because companies comply with government regulations, sustainable forestry practices and forest certification programs.

When it comes to paper purchasing behavior, 70% of Americans and Canadians believe it is important to use paper products from sustainably managed forests. However, only 22 to 27% pay attention to forest certification labels when purchasing paper.

Out of 8 common materials and products, wood is considered the most environmentally friendly material, followed by paper and glass. Plastic and electronic devices are considered the least environmentally friendly.


When it comes to reading books, magazines and newspapers, print is preferred over digital.

  • 68% of Americans and Canadians believe print is the most enjoyable way to read books
  • 65% of Americans and 59% of Canadians prefer to read magazines in print
  • 53% of Americans and 49% of Canadians prefer to read newspapers in print

In terms of preferences for receiving billing statements, most respondents said they would like to be able to choose whether to have their billing statements delivered in print or electronically.

  • 82% of Canadians and 86% of Americans believe they should have the right to choose how they receive their communications (electronically or printed)
  • 66% (Canada) to 74% (U.S.) agree they should not be charged to receive paper statements.

“It is great to see that print as a communications medium is still preferred by many consumers. Clearly, people also recognize the sustainable features of paper when compared to many other products, especially electronics and plastic. However, there is a need to educate consumers on sustainable forestry practices, the real causes of deforestation and the great recycling story of print and paper,” states Phil Riebel, President of Two Sides North America.

Download a copy of the results of the survey of U.S. consumers here and the survey of Canada consumers here.

More survey data and fact sheets about the environmental sustainability of paper are available on the Two Sides website.

Print Your Best Photographs From National Photo Month

May is National Photo Month. It’s a time to learn more about the art of photography and expand your shooting, editing, and printing skills.

If you would like to print some of the most memorable images you captured this month, check out the huge variety of inkjet photo papers we offer for aqueous inkjet photo printers such as the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series of wide-format inkjet photo printers, HP Designjet Series Z printers, and Epson Stylus Pro and SureColor P printers.

Whether you are a professional photographer, photography enthusiast, graphic design studio, or print-service provider, you can find multiple brands of inkjet photo papers, art papers, and canvas on the Freedom Paper website.

If you want to make prints that will last for generations or curate a week-long exhibition of photos shot by students or employees, we can recommend some great inkjet papers. We offer museum-quality fine art photography papers from Hahnemuhle, Moab, and Innova as well as everyday photo-printing papers from Kodak, Canon, HP, Sihl, Magic, and our own Freedom Paper line. Below are just a few of the options.

Image courtesy of Kodak PROFESSIONAL inkjet media

Kodak PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Photo Papers

“National Photo Month is about remembering meaningful moments with photography,” according to our friends at Kodak. May is the unofficial kick-off of summer and new beginnings including graduations, proms, and weddings.

To print portraits for schools, families, and graduations, try rolls or sheets of one our best-selling photo papers:

KODAK PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Photo Paper, Lustre 255 gsm

The smooth Lustre photo paper supports the color gamut needed for detailed images and gives skin tones an appealing, natural look. Plus, Kodak Professional Inkjet Photo Paper Lustre has received ArtSure certification from the Fine Art Trade Guild.

Using ArtSure certified media lets print buyers know that your inkjet photo paper has been independently tested for archival properties of lightfastness and permanence.

The Fine Art Trade Guild was founded in 1847 as the Printsellers Association. The Guild’s print quality standards were established years ago and have been tried and tested.

If you click here, you can see the full list of ArtSure-certified media, including many photo and photo-art papers from Hahnemuhle and Innova.

Innova Editions Papers for Fine Art Photography

Freedom Paper now carries Innova’s Editions® collection of six exceptional papers for discerning digital printmakers who value tradition, quality, and durability when using inkjet printing systems to make fine art and photo prints.  The collection includes two fibre-based fine-art photography papers coated to be digital equivalents of papers used in classic silver-halide and platinum photo printing.

Innova Editions Exhibition Cotton Gloss 335 gsm (IFA-45) was developed to match the classic aesthetics of fine art photographs made with palladium/platinum darkroom printing techniques. This unique natural-white cotton 15-mil paper has a smooth gloss cotton-grained surface. (This paper was formerly known as FibaPrint Warm Cotton Gloss, 335 gsm)

Innova Editions Exhibition Photo Baryta 310 gsm (IFA-69) features a pure white. 100 percent barium-sulfate surface with a fourdriner-made archival alpha-cellulose base paper. The ultra-smooth gloss print surface supports an excellent color gamut and exceptional Dmax. With the Crystal Layer inkjet coating technology used on this paper, you can reproduce your photographic artwork on the same paper used in traditional silver-halide darkroom printing. (This paper was formerly known as FibaPrint Baryta 310 gsm.)

Use Innova Art Editions papers to make limited or open editions of fine art and photo prints, photo and art portfolios, photo and art restorations, photo albums, memory books, greeting cards, and postcards. Profiles are free and can be downloaded from www.innovaart.com

Expanded Selection of Metallic Inkjet Photo Papers

Freedom Paper also offers an expanded selection of metallic inkjet photo papers. Metallic paper for inkjet printing features a super-high-gloss, silvery or pearlescent luster that can add depth and dimensionality to portraits, landscapes, and architectural photos. Products that can be ordered from the Freedom Paper website include:

KODAK PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Photo Paper, Metallic 255 gsm

Moab Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260 gsm

Moab Slickrock Metallic Silver 300 gsm

IFA71 Innova Photo Metallic Gloss 260 gsm

IFA 72 Photo Metallic Lustre 260 gsm

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Metallic 340 gsm

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Metallic is available in sheets and rolls.

You might also want to experiment with a metallic canvas: Hahnemuhle Canvas Metallic 350 gsm 

The printing substrate you choose for your photographs can have a dramatic effect on how your images look and feel. Whether your prefer a contemporary metallic look or a the classic look and feel of a canvas or fiber-based photo paper, we are always continuing to expand our options.

Chat with Freedom Paper’s wide-format printing experts online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335.


Try Magic ProLINE Inkjet Contract Proofing Papers

Four Magic PROLINE contract proofing papers are now available from the Freedom Paper online store. All four of these inkjet proofing papers can be used with the aqueous wide-format inkjet printer in your design studio, office, or print shop to make hard-copy previews of high-value inkjet or offset print jobs.

The Magic collection of inkjet proofing papers includes:

  • 7 mil and 10 mil bright-white photobase papers for proofing jobs on papers made with optical brighteners;
  • a 10 mil neutral-white photobase paper for contract-proofing of jobs on traditional commercial offset stocks;
  • a 4.5 mil premium matte presentation paper that is coated on both sides for inkjet imposition proofing.
Magic PROLINE Proofing Papers

Satin Photobase Proofing Papers

These three resin-coated, satin photobase papers have a high-quality microporous coating for instant-dry printing on most high-speed thermal and piezo aqueous inkjet systems with dye and pigment inks.

Proofs on these papers display neutral grey tones and smooth gradient blends. These papers are supplied in 100 ft. rolls in 3 widths: 24, 42, and 44 inches.

Magic PROLINE160S is an economical 7 mil, bright white photobase paper for everyday proofing of projects that will be printed on papers that have optical brighteners. It is compliant with Gracol 2013 standards. Download the product data sheet here.

Magic PROLINE260S is a premium, 10 mil, bright white photobase paper for contract proofing of jobs that will be printed on papers that have optical brighteners. It is compliant with Gracol 2013 standards. Download the product data sheet here.

Magic PROLINET1 is an easy-to-handle 10 mil, neutral-white contract proofing paper. Its white point values match the Fogra 39 and Gracol 2006 proofing standards. The coating produces a superior pigment-ink color gamut.  Download the product datasheet here.  

Matte Imposition Proofing Paper

Magic PROLINEC2SMATTE inkjet proofing paper is a 4.5 mil, 100 gsm, bright-white matte presentation paper that is coated for printing on both sides. It is compliant with Gracol 2013 standards.The lay-flat paper can be used with the SpinJet or other imposition proofing systems. This easy-to-fold paper has a high level of opacity and produces crisp, clean full-color images even with ink saturation levels up to 200%. PROLINEC2S MATTE is sold in 300 ft. Rolls in two widths: 42 and 44 inches. Download the product data sheet here.

If you have questions about these papers, chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335.

Photographers Help Create Atlas of Humanity

Innova Art will be showing a selection of prints from the Atlas of Humanity project during the FESPA Global Print Expo May 14-17, 2019 in Munich.

Inspired by the UNESCO universal declaration “to help preserve and promote cultural diversity,” Atlas of Humanity is a collection of photographs conceived and curated by Martin Vegas. Started in 2015, the project seeks to include a photographic record of every culture worldwide. The collection currently includes images from more than 400 ethnic groups contributed by more than 100 photographers worldwide.

Every photograph in the Atlas of Humanity project focuses on the diversity of the subject matter. The creative styles and approaches of each individual photographer are secondary to the subject of the image.

Although individual talents are not the focus of this project, the pool of photographers building this collection is as diverse as the collection itself. Contributing photographers include award-winning photojournalists, professional photographers, and talented amateurs. Anyone and everyone who uses a camera is invited to contribute to the Atlas of Humanity.

A dedicated gallery space at The Photography Show 2019 in Birmingham, England gave attendees a taste of this ambitious project. Each image was printed on a specially selected archival inkjet media manufactured by Innova Art.

Prints from the Atlas of Humanity Project were featured in the Innova booth at The Photography Show in England.

The four Innova Art papers used to make the prints included two papers from the acclaimed Innova Editions® range: Exhibition Photo Baryta 310gsm (IFA 69) – a pure white photographic base paper with a true barium sulphate layer; and Fabriano Printmaking Rag 310gsm (IFA 107), the 100% cotton, mouldmade paper based on centuries-old papermaking techniques, with a unique white tone and soft grain texture. 

Atlas of Humanity images were also printed on the Innova Smooth Cotton High White 100% Cotton 315gsm (IFA 14), one of the most popular Innova Art papers with a smooth, matte finish that lets images speak for themselves; and Innova FibaPrint® Ultra Smooth Gloss 285gsm (IFA 49), the multi-award-winning digital fibre based baryta paper with an ultra-smooth gloss finish.

Innova Art managing director Mike Ramos-Gonzalez said, “We’ve shown Atlas of Humanity across Europe and America, and the reaction is always the same: what beautiful portraits, what amazing prints – now which papers do I buy to get my work looking that good?”

Submit Your Images for the Next Exhibition

The next Atlas of Humanity exhibition will be presented at the The International Fine Art Photo Fair in Paris, November 8-10, 2019. For details on how to submit images for consideration, visit the submissions page on the Atlas of Humanity website. The deadline for submitting images for consideration in the November show is May 31, 2019.

Read an interview with the Martin Vegas, the creator of the Atlas of Humanity Project on the Innova Art blog.

Freedom Paper is proud to be a reseller of inkjet fine art and photography papers from Innova. Click here to visit our recently expanded selection of Innova papers. If you have questions, chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335.

Post was first published in March 2019 and was updated May 8, 2019.

Freedom Paper Offers Eco-Smart Recycled Non-Woven PET Inkjet Banner Material

If you need a outdoor-durable, water-resistant PVC-free inkjet banner material consider Freedom Paper’s new 15-mil Eco-Smart Recycled Non-woven PET Banner Material for aqueous, latex, or UV-curable inks.

This recyclable non-woven polyester banner fabric is made from pressed recycled PET (polyester) fibers. It can be used anywhere you would use a coated scrim banner vinyl material. It’s great for hanging banners, pole banners, roll-up banner-stands, and outdoor event signage that requires earth-friendly, recyclable graphics. 

Freedom Paper Eco-Smart Recycled Non-Woven PET Banner Material

Our ultra-strong Eco-Smart Recycled Non-Woven PET banner material weighs only 220 grams per square meter, so it easier to hang than the heavier scrim-banner vinyl banner materials It can be hole-punched for grommets, sewn, or hemmed with double-sided banner tape. Short-term banners don’t need to be hemmed.

Freedom Paper Eco-Smart Recycled Non-Woven PET Banner Material can be ordered from the Freedom Paper website in two sizes: a 36 in. x 100 ft. roll and a 60 in. x 100 ft. roll. For more information, chat with us online at the Freedom Paper website or call us at 866-310-3335.

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Metallic Wins TIPA World Award

Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic inkjet photo paper was named Best Inkjet Photo Paper in the 2019 TIPA World Awards program conducted by the Technical Press Image Association (TIPA). The TIPA World Awards are selected by the editors and publishers of 30 photo and imaging magazines around world.

In announcing the award, the judges noted that “Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Metallic adds a special touch to fine art images. For printmakers who want an extra ‘glow’ on selected images, this 100% cotton, 340 gsm, natural-white paper offers a high-gloss metallic finish. The paper features a special silvery shimmering surface effect for bold colors, a deep black, and fine delineation of color and tone. It is a prime choice for images with metallic elements, reflections, ice, snow, or architecture. It also is a unique choice for black-and-white images with high-contrast tones. Photo Rag Metallic has no optical brighteners, is acid and lignin free, and is ISO9706 compliant for high age resistance.”

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Metallic inkjet paper rolls and sheets
Wide-format rolls and sheets of Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic inkjet paper are now available from Freedom Paper. 

Photo Rag Metallic is the newest addition to Hahnemuhle’s renowned Photo Rag® family of products that take fine art photo printing to a high level of quality. While the metallic effect shimmers evenly across the print to create distinctive visual effects, the paper retains the feel and structure of a classic artist paper.

Hahnemuhle is the oldest German artist paper manufacturer and was a pioneer in developing fine art papers for inkjet printing. This is the seventh TIPA award Hahnemuhle has received for its fine art papers. Hahnemuhle Product Manager Andrea Sippel said this newest TIPA award, “boosts our innovative power and strengthens our worldwide reputation as a quality leader.”

Photographers and printmakers who want to order Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Metallic paper can choose from five rolls widths and four popular sheet sizes.

Download a product data sheet here and visit Freedom Paper’s website to place your order. If you need more information, chat with the wide-format printing experts on the Freedom Paper website or call us at 866-310-3335.

Innova Decor WaterColor Art Paper Offers Affordable Option for Printmaking

Freedom Paper now offers Innova Decor Watercolor Art Paper (IFA-23). This fourdrinier-made, 16-mil, alpha-cellulose inkjet fine art paper is an excellent choice for printing higher volumes for framed, open-edition prints or art or photo portfolios.

While the rough surface texture adds a feeling of substance to the paper, the finished prints are lightweight enough for easy mounting and framing.

Innova Decor Watercolour Art Paper (IFA-23) for wide-format inkjet printing

Innova Decor Watercolor Fine Art Paper is compatible with aqueous dye and aqueous pigment inks. The instant-dry ink-receptive coating on this bright-white matte paper provides an excellent color gamut and an exceptional D-max. It can be ordered from the Freedom Paper website in 50 ft. rolls in widths of 17, 24, 36, 44, and 60 inches.

Chat with our wide-format experts online or call us a 866-310-3335.

New Water-Resistant TyveK From Freedom Paper

Freedom Paper’s new Water-Resistant Tyvek® is a tear-proof, non-woven, recyclable banner material. Made with HDPE 1082 DuPont Tyvek®, this 11-mil banner material is compatible with aqueous pigment and dye inks and HP Latex inks.

FP514 Water Resistant Tyvek
FP514 Water-Resistant Tyvek 11 mil from Freedom Paper

Use it to make indoor and outdoor banners, POP signs, durable documents, maps, guides, race-day bib tags, and labels. Lamination isn’t required, but unlaminated pigment-ink or latex-ink prints will be more weatherproof than prints made with dye inks. Printed banners can be grommeted, sewn, or hemmed with heavy-duty banner tape.

Water-Resistant Tyvek is available in 60 ft. rolls in 24-, 36-, 44-, 50-, and 60-inch widths.

For more information, chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335.

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