Paper Buying Guide
Ah - the humble sheet of paper - or is it? Did you know - incredibly, it only takes 42 foldings of a piece of paper (standard paper here no funny tricks) to get from the Earth to the Moon, and only about 94 foldings of a paper to make something the size of the entire visible Universe. Here's how: a ream of paper is about 5 cmhigh. If that’s a 500 page ream we’re talking about, that means each individual sheet is about 0.01 cm high. By time you get to 9 foldings, the folded paper would be thicker than the original ream of 500 sheets. By time I’d get to 20 foldings, my folded paper is more than 10 kilometers high - what? Yes, 10km high, which is taller than Mount Everest!!! If you keep going, you’ll be in outer space after 24 foldings, you could reach the Hubble Space telescope after 28, and after 41 foldings, you’d finally be closer to the Moon than the Earth. So that means that 42 foldings is what it takes! And now you know how many times you'd have to fold a piece of paper to reach the Moon! Glorious!!!
“Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.” - George Bernard Shaw
What size paper do I need?
Paper can be a tricky area to navigate at times, with different weights, sizes, textures and finishes. To make it easier, we have put together a handy sizing guide to help you understand the difference between the most common paper sizes. Paper sizes in the UK are named using the letter A. The range starts at A10 (37mm x 26mm) and goes all the way up to A0 (1189mm x 841mm). The most widely used paper size is A4 (210mm x 297mm). It is commonly used for letters and it is the standard paper size for most home printers.
What paper weight should I choose?
As well as a range of paper sizes, there are various weights for different uses. Paper weight is generally measured in ‘Grams per Square Metre’ or GSM and is a measurement of paper thickness or density. The higher the GSM value, the heavier the sheet and thicker the quality. The thicker the paper, the more long-lasting the sheet will be. A thinner and lighter paper has a lower GSM. 80gsm is generally used as an everyday printing paper. See the table below for a general guide on the quality required for different applications. Standard paper weight details and their uses are included below for reference:
Sustainability / green claims
Almost all the paper we offer at MBM Omega has at least one environmental claim. Below is a short outline to give you a better understanding of what each claim comprises: