Paper made with hemp!¿?¡
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Which of these two resources produce more paper: hemp
plants or trees?
Hemp wins this one quite easily. For a field 1 square km
big (about 256 acres), hemp produces 4 times more paper
than trees using a field the exact same size. Even more
surprising is that it takes 80 times longer for trees to
grow (20 years compared to 3 months for hemp) !.
Only hydrogen and water is needed to make hemp paper,
nothing that could hurt the ecosystem. Tree paper needs
chlorine and strong acids to hold the fibers together. All
this mess goes in the water we drink every day. Hemp
fibers are large enough to hold together for a long time,
while resisting to moisture and wear.
Interesting fact: the first bible was written on an hemp
parchment. Wood paper can be recycled about 3 times but
hemp paper can be recycled up to 8 times! Hemp is the only
non-wood source for paper that can cover world wide
production (see Hemp
; educating and harvesting).
DOMTAR is now conducting some tests to produce hemp
paper. The results of these tests will be published here
We must cease the destruction of our forests. Let's not
forget that trees produce oxygen which is needed by all
living creatures (including us!!).