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Kraft Paper: Product Specifications

Brown Kraft Paper is usually sold in basis weights of 30#, 40#, 50#, 60#, and 70#. The most common use of counter rolls of Kraft Paper is for interior void-fill and cushioning. The greater the basis weight of the paper, the heavier it is to manipulate, thus making it more difficult for the packer to do his or her job. The majority of the marketplace utilizes 40# and 50# paper. The lower you go in basis weight, the higher the cost per pound of product, yet your yield of lineal feet of paper does increase.

For years, the roll diameter was a concern of many as to the integrity of the roll of paper to meet the specs. The process by which newer equipment in the converting industry works is that the paper can be wound more loosely or tightly. This is a step in the set-up process. When truly trying to understand the specs of the paper, it is best to have the paper tested for its basis weight. We can do that test here for you, at SJ Converting. When converting paper, the dynamics of the core and the plugs contribute to the overall weight of the finished product. We can also test your roll to determine the footage on the roll. When making paper, the larger the diameter and the more footage on a roll, the lower the cost of production. If you have flexibility with your dispensers, allowing you to utilize larger rolls, there will be a cost advantage for your operation. In the mid-80's, the diameters of rolls were typically 1.25 lbs per inch of width. So a roll that was 24 inches weighed 30 lbs. Today's rolls are equal or less than 1 lb per inch in many cases. That is why it's important to understand the specs of your product to truly buy it right.

Recycled Paper

The Brown Kraft Paper market has moved primarily into a recycled product. Due to availability and market demand, virgin paper is a rarity as a used product in the marketplace. Some of the recycled paper is not post-consumer, but is made of post-industrial. Brown Paper when used for interior stuffing of boxes is the lowest costing medium to package your product. The Brown Kraft market has many varied uses with the rolled end product from industrial applications to liners to table coverings at restaurants. 80% of the paper SJ produces is Brown Kraft.

Bogus Paper

Bogus Paper generally costs less than Kraft Paper due to its inconsistency of color and fiber strength. The number of paper mills making Bogus Paper are not as prevalent as Brown Kraft Paper. Because the fiber strength is not as strong with Bogus Paper, the basis weight most commonly seen in the marketplace is either 50# or 60#. Bogus Paper is typically gray in color due to the addition of some newspaper stock paper.


Newsprint roll stock is usually 27 lb or 30 lb paper. With the advent of the internet, many mills that supported the newsprint industry have either shut down or reinvented themselves. The volatility of the paper pricing for newsprint stock is a constant issue for converters and users of blank newsprint paper. Newsprint paper by its very nature, being a 27' 30# paper, requires more paper to fill a void in a box. Some end-users may feel that its off-white color adds an aesthetic look to their package. Newsprint rolls are typically made in 18 and 24 inch widths.