The solution for massive tree felling within the paper industry.
Amsterdam - “The Netherlands is a major European driver of deforestation” (NOS), according to the report Stepping Up: The continuing impact of EU consumption on nature, prepared by WWF. The news even got a place in the NOS news of April 14 – and rightly so. In fact, it was about time! Large-scale deforestation is, after all, a very serious problem of which everyone worldwide is already clearly noticing or will notice the consequences. Temperatures are rising, areas are becoming drier, farmers are losing their land, biodiversity in local areas is drastically declining, ecosystems are collapsing and much land is being degraded for a long time or even permanently. With all its consequences.
The soy industry stands together with the palm oil industry asindustrie number 2 in the ranking of industries causing large-scale deforestation. A less discussed driver of deforestation is the paper industry, while she's on number 3 of the ranking.
Whopping 14% of global logging is intended for the paper industry. Also, a lot of paper is only used once by someone (single use paper) and then ends up with the old paper. paper can maximum recycled 7 times and fresh wood pulp is always needed to recycle used paper. Both the production and recycling process of paper is therefore anything but sustainable, let alone circular.
Shame, because paper can also be made from sustainable, alternative and fully recyclable raw materials. Few people know about these alternatives to pulp paper, while it is a enormous efficient solution can provide for large-scale deforestation within the paper industry.
One such solution is rock paper. This paper is made of 80% limestone (in the form of residual waste) and 20% HDPE plastic. This is recycled plastic that can be completely recycled in itself. Stone paper is also 100% recyclable (certified with Silver Cradle-to-Cradle Certificate). The paper is free by trees, water and chemicals and also bumps during production 67% less CO2 out than in pulp paper production. Thanks to the water-repellent property of stone paper, Frixion ink completely wiped out with a damp cloth. The paper can then be rewritten and will therefore last for years. A still relatively unknown, but special sustainable and circular alternative so for pulp paper.
Fortunately, stone paper is becoming more and more known and popular, both on national if international level. Smaller companies like MOYU already offer plenty of writing articles made of stone paper and work together with parties such as WWF to single use paper, paper waste and deforestation. Something that the paper industry itself seems to pay little attention to – but that's another story.
Stone paper could just be the invention of the century and even the New Normal when it comes to a environmentally friendly alternative for pulp paper, which is both sustainable in production and in use. Initiatives like these can make a difference – if we just give them the chance.