Paper – The most unusual and environmentally friendly sources

For centuries, we have used this thin material most commonly for writing upon, printing upon, drawing and packaging. Its production process is by pressing together moist fibers, typically cellulose pulp extracted from trees (wood), rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. Through time, we have been able to discover a new way to use post consumer and agricultural waste as paper. Here are some of the unusual but environmentally friendly sources:

Poop. Although plant fibers are the usual material used in making pulp for paper production, those fibers dont have to come unprocessed directly from the plant those fibers can actually be gathered after being processed by certain animals and delivered for paper-making in their poop.

Stones. Stone is known by many names including rock paper, limestone paper, eco-stone & synthetic paper. It is a novel type of paper manufactured from calcium carbonate mixed with a high density polyethylene bonding agent. The source of the calcium carbonate is wate material collected from limestone quarries which is ground and reduced to fine white powder. The paper is photodegradable.

Bananas. Bananda paper can be made from the bark of the banana plant or from banana fiber obtained from an industrialized process, from the stem and the left over, non-usable fruits. The paper can be hand-made or by industrialized machines.

Mangos. Mango papers are made from a combination of tree free agricultural bio-products as well as post consumer content to create a beautiful paper that is laser printer compatible. The agricultural by-product of the plantations create serious solid waste problems worldwide-help combat both with these tree-free papers.

Coffee. This bean is a great contender for substitution of trees for pulp paper. Coffee papers are can be made by combining tree free agricultural bio-products along with post consumer content to create a beautiful paper.

Hemp. Through time, Hemp leaves have been refined into making products like hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, and fuel. The first identified coarse paper, made from hemp pulp, dates to the early Western Han Dynasty. In fact, two hundred years before the nominal invention of paper making, Cai Lun,  improved and standardized paper production using a range of inexpensive materials, including hemp ends, approximately 2000 years ago.

Lemons. This citrus fruit has been refined and used to make paper with post consumer lemon contents. Even the manufacturing process is sustainable and eco-friendly.

Sugar. Sugar cane paper is environmentally superior to virgin AND recycled paper but indistinguishable. In fact it’s actually better because the dust that commonly builds up in your copier is greatly reduced considering it is produced primarily from sugar cane fibre instead of wood fibre. Sugar Paper is made from 80% sugar cane waste, and 20% Certified Plantation Fibre instead of trees making it 100% biodegradable and recyclable.

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