Find it! Alternative paper
Choosing alternative paper helps you go green because
- Alternative paper is made from rapidly renewable plants or other sources, so no trees need to be cut down.
- The process of producing paper from these sources requires less energy and chemicals than conventional wood-based paper.
A good alternative is paper made from a variety of other materials, the most prominent being agricultural crops. That's because these fiber sources grow rapidly, harvesting is much gentler to ecosystems than foresting, and fiber processing requires less energy and chemicals compared to tree fibers. Crops grown specifically for paper-making include kenaf, hemp, jute, and flax. Residues from agricultural crops, such as sugar cane husk and the straws left over from wheat, rye, oats, rice, and barley, are also used to make tree-free papers, as are cotton, plastics, and even elephant and panda dung.
- Fiber Futures
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- California Integrated Waste Management Board - Tree Free Paper