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Startup producing paper from limestone not trees

Jul 05, 2017, 6:59 AM EDT
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Paper manufacturing industry has been a key contributor to deforestation activities, a picture that is likely to change soon with an innovation by a Japanese startup TBM Co. The company is using limestone, “an almost inexhaustible” resource, to manufacture paper through a process that does need trees and even water.

Whereas a ton of ordinary paper requires almost 20 trees and 100 tons of water, TBM’s paper needs less than a ton of limestone and no water, writes Bloomberg.

The stone paper scores over the ordinary one on several parameters, for example, it is smoother, durable, moisture-resistant, tear-resistant and just as foldable, notes Global Futurist.

TAGS: TBM Co.
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