Friday, September 5, 2008

Eco Friendly Paper Doesn't Require Trees

Very soon you'll notice a change in the paper you're using, or maybe you won't. That's because some industrious Canadian manufacturers have developed paper made, not from wood, but from wheat straw.

The straw used in the paper is the refuse from grain production and makes a product that's nearly indistinguishable from traditional paper made of wood pulp. Indistinguishable from regular wood-pulp paper, printed products made of a percentage of wheat straw are notable not for their tactile qualities, but for their sustainability implications. As agricultural waste, wheat straw is perennially renewable so long as people farm. As a product, monetizeable wheat straw provides a diversified income stream for farmers. As a source of paper fibre, it takes pressure off the forests that traditionally supply pulp, and the species that inhabit them.

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1 comment:

Kristen said...

I looks a paper making class in college and we used hay, wheat, straw, really anything we could find. It all worked really well if not better than the wood pulp. I'm surprised someone didn't come up with this sooner. Darn, I could have been a millionaire paper maker!