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What's The Best Way To Make Paper? Trees Vs. Hemp

Updated on May 20, 2014
This somewhat important document behind these somewhat important people is made from hemp paper.
This somewhat important document behind these somewhat important people is made from hemp paper.

Stop The Deforestation Rate With Hemp Paper

When using hemp fibers in making paper it can be produced in 3 months when tree paper that comes from timber will take 15 years to half a century of growing. Hemp paper can help to eliminate the pace of deforestation. Within the similar duration of 20 years, a single acre of a hemp grow can generate pulp for the production of paper as 4.5 acres of trees.

Hemp paper produces a clean paper product.

Being mostly free of chemicals in its grow cycle and production, in comparison to the manufacture of tree paper, hemp paper also tends to make significantly less chemical pollution.

The United States paper making businesses are the third greatest electrical power purchaser, which adds to the co2 impact of paper. Utilizing an environmentally friendly paper like hemp can drastically lower it down.

The paper industry is the third biggest commercial polluter, slinging 225,000,000 lbs of poisonous pollution into the atmosphere and water annually. Over 3,000,000 tons of chlorine, a serious source of the carcinogen called dioxin, is one kind of pollution that is thrown out into water sources on a yearly basis. It will not happen in hemp paper manufacturing, as hemp paper doesn't need chlorine whitening. Generally, hemp paper producing creates between 1/6 to 1/8 less chemical pollution than tree paper. Additionally, hemp paper is made free of acid.

One should note that hemp paper is much more resilient than paper made from trees and it's also stronger. In contrast to normal tree paper, hemp paper will not turn yellow after many decades and even centuries or regardless of how old the hemp paper is.

So the trillion dollar question is... Why are we still using trees to make paper?

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      CoCo 5 years ago

      For the last 10,000 years the atmosphere has held a fixed percentage of C02 at 280 parts per million. It took less then 100 years for us to get it to 396 where it is at right now.

      I just recently received a high school letter sent to myself for the future me in five years. I was amazed to see that I thought global warming and the drastic rise in C02 was literally a brainwash. I couldn't believe it. I met a pre-Columbian society uncontaminated by us "civilized ones" (HAHAHA)who begs to differ about the consequences of us altering the delicate balance of our Earth's systems.

      Mike NV, I do not like that people like to profit off of these terrible conditions we put ourselves under, but more or less, you have bought into a lie yourself to believe it is not changing nature for the worse. If that is what you believe.

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      alloporus 5 years ago

      I knew that hemp fibres are used to make clothes, but paper makes sense too. Interesting Hub.

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      Katharine L Sparrow 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You learn something every day! Interesting hub!

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      shrubber 5 years ago from USA

      Great response. I will have to do a little more research regarding what you say about too much CO2 not being dangerous. Do you have any suggestions for finding this info? Thanks!

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      MikeNV 5 years ago from Henderson, NV

      C02 is NOT Dangerous. If you think so you are buying into the lie for profit agenda.

      However your other points are very valid. Boise Cascade is a huge paper manufacturer in the North West. Instead of cleaning up their plants they for years just paid the Government Fines and continued to pollute. The Government didn't care because they got money, and Boise Cascade didn't care because it was cheaper than upgrading and they just passed the costs along.

      America is the land of idiots. There are alternatives to just about everything that are far less toxic. Hemp being a perfect example. But we don't really elect Politicians - they are put into place by their Corporate Owners. And they DO NOT NOR WILL THEY EVER CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. They care about money and that's it.

      Corporate America is OWNED and that is the problem.

      I am voting this up because anything and anyone who can increase the exposure to real solutions is doing good.

      The lie that is the United States Government needs to be continually exposed.