Did you Know?

  • A single piece of paper may contain new fibres as well as fibres which have already been recycled once,  twice or several times. Papermaking fibres can typically be
    recycled 5 - 7 times before they become too short to be recycled again.
  • That the world's first piece of paper was made from recycled material? That's right! Around 200 B.C.,the Chinese used old fishing nets to make the world's very first piece of paper.
  • Later, Ts’ai Lun, the Chinese government official and scholar ground up plants - mulberry bark, linen and hemp. He made a wet mush of separate fibres, then spreads it all out in a mat made of coarse cloth and a bamboo frame. The sun dries the matted material to make something really remarkable - Paper!
  • Ts'ai Lun, 2,000 years ago, has made paper, and it becomes one of the most important recorded inventions ever.
  • A man named Rene de Réaumur who, in the 1700s, watched a species of wasp we now call the paper wasp. These insects were munching on wood. Not eating it, but chewing it up, spitting the mush back out and forming nests with it. They were making paper from wood! Rene discovered that wood could be broken apart, like the other organic materials, and crafted into paper. We still follow Réaumur's advice and the wasps' example, although papermaking has become a more complex and efficient process, and its products incredibly varied and advanced.
  • The basic recipe for paper - wood fibres + water + energy = paper, is so elegantly simple that you can re-create it at home. The same recipe is adjusted to make the paper that is needed.
  • Papermaking today, creating all the kinds of paper we use in such huge quantities, is a science as well as an art. Engineers and technicians speed things up, using computers to help guide factory machines that can produce huge rolls of paper at more than
    45 miles an hour.
  • Every day, papermaking companies around the world turn wood from trees into pulp, pulp into paper, and paper into products we all use.
  • Paper recycling has been around as long as paper itself. In recent years, paper recycling has become popular with everyone as a way to help protect our environment by re-using our resources and conserving landfill space.
  • In future, the use of recovered paper is projected to grow twice as fast as the use of wood pulp. www.dawallets.com
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