In a previous article, we explored the primary differences between handmade paper and machine-made paper. In this article, we will be exploring the various environmental benefits that arise from a consumer choosing to buy handmade paper products.
In many parts of the world, handmade paper is produced from mainly cotton lint. However, in India, regular handmade paper is produced using the cotton rag waste from the garment industry. As a result, there is a great deal of repurposing of cotton rag waste into more usable handmade products. During the handmade paper making process, it is important to note that this process occurs without the use of any toxic chemicals.
Benefits of Handmade Paper at a glance:
– The use of non-wood raw materials thereby reducing the number of trees cut down
– Chemical and acid free production process
– Made utilising renewable solar energy which is great for the environment
– Higher tensile strength, resists tearing as compared to regular mill made paper
– Premium quality and elegance
The Smarter choice
One of the main advantages of handmade paper is that it is 100 % recycled and wood free. It can be used for a variety of purposes that range from writing to printing. During the production process, handmade paper required at least 50% less energy and 75% less water than machine-made paper. It also produces upto 90% less wastewater and cuts air pollution by 70 %.
So make the smarter choice and lean towards the Handmade Paper way!