Posted on January 10 2019
194! Every Swiss consumes as many kilograms of paper every year. More than 40 percent of the world's wood is processed into paper products such as newspapers, toilet paper or copy paper. A paper fiber can be recycled up to seven times (!) And yet, according to the WWF, the wood and pulp plantations can not meet the needs of the industrialized countries.
If you want to reduce your number of kilograms of paper, it is advisable to switch to alternatives and familiarize yourself with the treeless variants.
Take a look at the following possibilities - you will be amazed!
•bamboo. The "raw material of the 21st century" is particularly well suited, as this plant grows very quickly and brings with it a high CO2 absorption capacity. You can buy bamboo paper, e.g. on Amazon or in shops.
•Milk. Yes, that's right. Milk is not only suitable as a component for your muesli, but also for the production of paper. Crazy, right?! Granted, "Papermilk" is not entirely wood-free. However, it is still an alternative as it consists of 10% milk fibers, 45% cotton and 45% woodfree ECF pulp. You can buy it at RÖMERTUM.
•Grass. The paper from "Graspap" consists of pellets pressed grass fibers. Grass can be used up to 60% of the basic production material wood pulp and waste paper, but it must be said that the paper is not completely wood-free here, but has a much lower proportion of wood. If you are interested, you are welcome to check out "Creapaper Grasfibre".
1.Even if there is a risk of repetition: Bagasse is the plant residue in sugar production. It consists of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin and was long considered a waste product.
2.From waste to trend product! Bagasse is often used for the production of construction and packaging materials, as well as disposable tableware. It is also a welcome replacement for paper products
3.Bagasse is found in countries where a lot of sugar is produced, such as in Brazil, China or Thailand.
4.Sugarcane belongs to the grass family and grows in tropical and subtropical climates. He is really big with a height of 3-6 meters! Hidden inside the stalks lies the "treasure": sugar! From 100 tonnes of sugar cane, 10 tonnes of sugar and 34 tonnes of bagasse are extracted.
5.Sugarcane is a very fast growing plant. As with bamboo, no forests need to be mined for their extraction. In addition, bagasse does not require any additional acreage and the production of bagasse paper - your certificate - consumes far less energy than conventional paper.
6.Bagasse brings next to a sustainable extraction and processing further super features with it. Bagasse is very robust and water resistant and greaseproof! The best: Fully biodegradable and compostable.
Although most variants of conventional paper are not 100% wood-free, they have a much lower amount of wood. Bagasse, which was once used as a fuel for production facilities, is becoming more and more important nowadays.
So, if you buy a product from NIKIN, you not only take action against the deforestation of forests, but also help to support the production of wood-free paper.