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Pulling at Straws


July 1, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

It’s Canadian, and it’s a first. The June issue of Canadian Geographic is the first magazine in North America to be published on paper made from wheat straw waste.

It’s Canadian, and it’s a first. The June issue of Canadian Geographic is the first magazine in North America to be published on paper made from wheat straw waste.

The paper, known as the Wheat Sheet, is the output of a partnership between Markets Initiative, Canadian Geographic magazine and technical experts at the Alberta Research Council. The team created an exploratory trial designed to highlight the commercial viability of paper made from agricultural by-products.

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The paper used in the magazine contains 20% wheat straw and 40% recycled fibre content. The remainder comes from wood pulp. While the wheat straw pulp for the magazine was sourced from China, as straw-pulping facilities have yet to be retrofitted in Canada, the Wheat Sheet is hoped to present a unique opportunity for Canada.

“Canada is well-positioned to become a leader in a brand new resource industry that is also an environmental solution for the twenty-first century,” noted Nicole Rycroft of Markets Initiative. “Our world needs environmental solutions. Here’s one at the farm gate and we’ve identified hundreds of commercial paper consumers ready to buy it.”


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