Newsprint is a clean, white, unprinted, lightweight sheet that is primarily used in packaging applications for wrapping, interior cushioning, and interleaving. Newsprint contains mostly mechanical (groundwood) pulp. Intended primarily for printing daily newspapers, this paper has less strength and permanence than most other papers we sell. Because the pulp newsprint is made from does not undergo the same chemical process as either Offset or Kraft papers, newsprint will tend to yellow and deteriorate over extended periods of time.
Newsprint is the paper of choice in both the retail and moving and storage industries for wrapping and packing fragile items. It conforms and protects glass and china better than other paper. It is an economical dunnage material widely used to stuff shipping boxes for catalog retailers and fulfillment houses. Because the sheet is absorbent it is ideal for packing cartons containing bottles of liquids.
Other applications for newsprint include interleaving and food wrapping. It is often used between sheets of glass or laminates to prevent scratching. Likewise, it can be used between sheets of plastic to eliminate them sticking together. It is also used for wrapping sandwiches mostly in the northeastern US.
All newsprint is originally manufactured for printing. Newsprint utilized in the packaging industry is entirely salvage material. Companies producing packing news reclaim paper that either has been damaged in transit or storage or has defects that make it impractical to use for printing. Since there are no mills manufacturing the product for packaging end uses availability and pricing are controlled strictly by supply and demand. This is why prices for packing newsprint can vary greatly and change quickly.