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April 23, 2010

TreeFrog copier paper is made entirely from sugar cane waste and salvaged bamboo (Photos: ...

TreeFrog copier paper is made entirely from sugar cane waste and salvaged bamboo (Photos: Friviere, annieo76)

It’s no secret that paper production and deforestation go hand-in-hand. Long before we ever knew of the evils of styrofoam cups, drift-net fishing, or any of a thousand other ecological no-no’s, we knew that using paper meant killing trees. Recycled paper is a step in the right direction, but it still involves the harvesting of trees early in the process. Now, however, TreeZero paper products is offering up TreeFrog copier paper - it’s made with absolutely no wood fiber, just sugar cane and bamboo.

TreeFrog has a weight of 22 pounds and a brightness of 92, which is a technical way of saying that it’s decent-quality paper. It’s composed of 70% sugar cane and 30% bamboo fiber. The sugar cane is agricultural waste material, left over from sugar harvesting, and would otherwise end up being burned or dumped. It comes from a cane plantation near TreeZero’s processing facilities, so little carbon is generated by its transportation. The bamboo is likewise not grown specifically for paper production, but is salvaged from construction sites, scaffolding, and other uses.

TreeFrog can be recycled along with wood pulp paper, and is third party tested for composition. It is also chlorine-free, and uses 10-15% less bleach in its production than normal paper.

Sounds pretty good, considering its price is reportedly similar to what we’re used to paying to feed our copiers.

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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6 Comments

Problem is the whole idea that paper production is a bad thing is a myth. No-one is cutting down rainforests to make paper. It comes from sustainable plantation forests in North America and Scandinavia mostly, and here in NZ. If you believe in forests as carbon sinks we need to use as much paper as possible. :) Grow 'em, cut them down, replant, and throw the paper down an old mineshaft. Does more for the planet than feelgood recycling.

obo
23rd April, 2010 @ 10:43 pm PDT

Paper from 70% sugar cane and 30% bamboo fiber will be an eco-friendly way of utilising waste material. The process will catch up around the globe.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

Dr.A.Jagadeesh
23rd April, 2010 @ 11:45 pm PDT

Sounds good, although we really should continue on the road to a paperless society. I also wonder about its archival stability.

Gadgeteer
25th April, 2010 @ 09:41 am PDT

This sounds promising but maybe they should finish building their website and figure out how to distribute their product before we get too excited.

xyxoxy
26th April, 2010 @ 08:29 pm PDT

Zero tree paper is definatly the way to go with these materials or hemp. Tree plantations for wood and paper replace diverse forests with a monculture of pine trees.

Daniel Humphries
25th July, 2011 @ 10:12 pm PDT

Bamboo is a wonderful plant and we need to cultivate a lot more of it. There is even fabric derived from bamboo.

Jim Sadler
28th August, 2012 @ 03:57 pm PDT
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