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ALTERNATIVE FIBRES: TURNING WEEDS TO ECO-RICHES


May 1, 2000
By Pulp & Paper Canada

MONTREAL, QC — Domtar Inc. has launched a new paper brand made from a non-wood-based fibre source. Called Domtar Weeds, the designer paper is composed of 15% hemp and 85% sugar cane or bagasse — bot…

MONTREAL, QC — Domtar Inc. has launched a new paper brand made from a non-wood-based fibre source. Called Domtar Weeds, the designer paper is composed of 15% hemp and 85% sugar cane or bagasse — both which are annual crops. The company said that the paper’s production results from an increasing consumer demand for eco-friendly paper choices. Sugar cane is the world’s most widely grown crop, thereby making it readily available. A by-product of sugar-making, it comes to the paper mill pre-processed. Hemp, a strong, durable plant that contains very long fibres, requires fewer chemicals and less energy to process. Equally important, paper made from it can be recycled more often than its wood-based counterpart. In recent years, the paper industry has dedicated much research to alternative fibre sources as another way to make paper.

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