Sugar Cane Saves Trees

sugar1Over the past few years, our clients have joined us in producing printed materials on environmentally friendly paper, both because it’s the right thing to do and because our clients’ constituencies take note of what they are doing as individuals and businesses.

Obama’s inaugural invitation was printed on a FSC-certified paper called Nennah’s Classic Crest. Do you remember hearing in the past about the kind of paper the President chose for his invitation? (Though Neenah has provided the paper for the last three presidents’ inaugurations). Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone will be recycling this valuable keepsake — but then again, it’s not likely to end up in landfills either.

Queensland University of Technology researcher in Australia discovered a new way to make paper. It uses bagasse, the fibrous sugar cane waste from sugar production. The bagasse fiber is made into pulp for the production of paper, board, structural and packaging materials like tableware that fast food vendors can use. This “treeless” paper is 100% biodegradable and compostable, and it gives sugar cane producers another industry into which they can sell.

Technically, sugar cane was first used by the Egyptians for producing paper, but the process was lost when the technology of using wood fibers became widely adopted. With tree-made paper accounting for more than 90 percent of the world’s paper production, this valuable research is crucial. The use of sugar cane helps to preserve our forests and turns out to be cheaper than using wood. Not to mention the fact that using recycled paper also saves up to 64% of energy costs. Incidentally, many new energy companies are focusing on bagasse as an ideal material for biofuel.

Every time you make a paper selection, you have the power to help protect our environment.

Amanda Jayachandran

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  1. I very much enjoyed Amanda’s article! Neenah Paper has long been committed to the manufacture of papers from responsible resources. The Company’s wide varieties of papers – in the colors and textures you’d expect from a premium mill – is matched by its offering of environmentally-responsible papers…including those made with sugar cane bagasse pulp. Look for these papers in the ENVIRONMENT® gradeline from Neenah Paper. Alternative fiber papers are growing rapidly in popularity, not only because they help to preserve our forests, but because bagasse is an agricultural waste; re-purposing this pulp offers unique win-win benefits for industry, the environment as well as the consumer!

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