Sugarcane Paper: What? How? Why?

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Sugarcane Paper: What? How? Why?

February 4, 2013

Roaring Spring has been using paper produced from sugarcane fiber in some products for several years.  It is not an unreasonable question to ask some questions about this paper and process.  Here are some Q&A.

What is it?   Sugarcane paper is produced from the sugarcane fibers that are the residue from the sugarcane refining process.  These fibers contain cellulose.  Cellulose is the basic building block used to produce most papers.  The sugarcane fiber replaces the traditional wood-based fibers used to produce most papers.  The resulting paper has normal brightness and a very smooth writing surface.

How is it Made?  The sugarcane “pulp”, or residue, that remains from the sugarcane refining process is transferred from the refiner to the paper mill.  The pulp is refined and treated at the mill, in a similar way that wood pulp is used at a traditional paper mill.  In some cases, a small % of wood pulp, like eucalyptus pulp, is  added to the sugarcane fiber pulp.  This enhances the writing surface properties of the paper. 

Why use Sugarcane Paper?  This is the ultimate bio-sustainable solution.  The fibers that remain from the sugarcane refining process have traditionally been burned, landfilled or otherwise wastefully disposed of.  By converting the fibers to sugarcane paper, this not only helps to prevent environmental damage, but also uses an available resource instead of harvesting trees.  Additionally, the paper provides a smooth, white writing surface for all of your note-taking needs.

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