How Carbonless Paper Works

But what exactly is carbonless paper?

Carbonless paper, such as carbon paper, simply makes a copy of a record, usually the handwritten portion, without the use of a photocopier, printer or some other electric device. Carbonless paper can also be perfect for any business seeking to cut down on environmental waste and enhance productivity.

The mechanisms behind carbonless paper is quite simple. When pressure is applied to the top sheet, the strain (from the tip of a pen for example) causes micro-capsules (on the back of the sheet) to crack and spill their dye, which responds with a clay on top of the sheet beneath (to make a permanent mark), giving away a near perfect copy. This entire process produces a copy of the initial writing on the first sheet on another sheet providing the person multiple copies of the same print. Carbonless paper is produced in pairs, 3 or 4 parts. Alternately, for those seeking to save a few dollars, carbonless sheets can be ordered separate and then readily assembled by means of special glue, most commonly known as GiroForm adhesive.

Carbonless paper is popular because it can easily give people quick accessibility to duplicate copies without the need of a system or electricity. When conducting business on the go or on location it may be an efficient way of providing receipts or invoices to clients. Carbon paper, the alternative to carbonless, can take up twice the archive space (or landfill space) and is generally less ecofriendly. Carbonless paper helps to decrease paper waste and saves companies precious energy costs, letting them remain competitive in an ever growing”big business” market.