Print lingo explained: Woodfree paper

Where is the wood in woodfree paper?

There are many common misconceptions about what Woodfree paper actually is.

By virtue of its somewhat misleading name, some people have mistakenly assumed that it is particularly environmentally friendly* because there is no wood in it, but this isn’t the case.

What is Woodfree paper?

Simply put, in this particular paper the wood pulp has been bleached to remove the yellow lignin. The lignin is the wood sap, and sometimes referred to as “the wood”. So by bleaching out the yellow lignin (or wood) the paper is known as Woodfree.

Woodfree paper is available as a gloss, a silk, a matt or an uncoated finish.

If you would like to know more about paper finishes we have a video that might help. Watch

*Paper that is FSC® is taken from sustainable well managed forests in Europe and is completely recyclable and biodegradable. Find out more about FSC® here.