Paper can be made without trees. One acre of kenaf, a plant
related to cotton, produces as much fibre in one year as an acre
of yellow pine does in twenty. Paper can also be made of material
such as hemp. Making paper from non-tree sources is currently
being done in at least 45 countries in more than 300 mills.
Non-tree based papers require less bleaching and less energy to
produce. The pulp made from non-tree sources is also less
expensive than that made from trees.
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Why avoid using trees to make paper?
Trees are very beneficial. Besides producing oxygen and absorbing
carbon dioxide, they also contribute to soil replenishment, erosion
control, air pollution reduction, fish and wildlife protection,
and many other environmental benefits. Cost and
energy efficiency may also be reasons to use non-tree sources for