Environmental Paper

Everyone has a role in saving what remains of Mother Earth. We could still do something to help. Helping our environment knows no age. No one is ever too young or too old to participate in this kind of endeavor. One of the best way we could help the environment is to cut down  on paper use and plant trees.

Did you know that the lack of trees pose a serious threat, not only to our paper supply, but for our environment as well? Sure wood pulp is a renewable source, but this is not so if we would not take some of our precious time to plant a tree and replace the ones that were used for paper production. In order to understand even more the role that wood pulp play on paper production, here’s a quick overview on the paper production using wood pulp.

First off, did you know that the paper that we are using right now is 95% made from trees? More
often, paper production companies would cut down trees with high quantity of cellulose fiber for the purpose of paper production. These trees are noted to have cellulose fiber that comprises with 40 to 50% of the total weight of the said tree. It is only the cellulose fibers that are needed for paper making; this is why lignin and other organic materials should be separated in the “pulping” process.

There are many ways by which we could do the “pulping” process in paper First of, it could be done mechanically where we produce paper products that do not require strongly bonded fibers like newsprint, packaging, and others. The other method is chemical processing where heat, pressure and chemicals are used to dissolve the lignin in the wood.

After the pulping process, the pulp produced would have to undergo bleaching in order to remove the combination of different dyes and inks that are used in the paper previously. After that the paper undergoes the intricate process of layer building before it is sent to the final roller, which squeezes out the remaining water in the pulp. Paper is often dried with infrared heat. The output or the recycled paper usually comes of as a little off-white or gray making it physically different from the processed new paper that is totally bleached.