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Handmade Paper Facts !

The paper industry has seen many changes in the past 150 years. The demand of paper is eventually rising with each passing day and there are certain paper facts that one should know.

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Paper, by definition, is a complex matted web of cellulose fibers. Genuine parchment, authentic vellum, or papyruses are not true papers by this definition.
Paper is made by gathering the plant of choice, and beating it into a pulp. Water is then added, until the pulp becomes slurry. The slurry is then sifted against a screen until it forms an even layer. Once it dries, a sheet of paper is formed. Refer to my photo page for step-by-step pictures of the papermaking process.
Most paper contains sizing. Sizing is any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces that helps to make a stronger sheet of paper.
Making a paper requires nearly 3700 pounds of wood over 200 pounds of lime, 360 pounds of soda ash, and 24,000 gallons of water.
Making paper from raw materials we need to dispose of 84 pounds of air pollution, 36 pounds of water pollutants and 176 pounds of solid waste.
The United States and Canada are one of the world's largest producers of paper and paper products.
The U.S. consumption of paper and paperboard in 1999 was approximately 354 kilograms (about 800 pounds) per person.
Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees and 3000 gallons of water.
Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin timber.
Paper had an overall recycling rate of 35.3% in 1994. About 55.3% of corrugated boxes, 45.3% of newspapers, 19.3% of books, 30% of magazines, and 42.5% of office papers were recycled in.
Recovered paper is used to make a variety of products, including copier paper, paper towels and napkins, corrugated boxes, and hydraulic mulch.
One tree can filter upto 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.
Good papers are rated as pH neutral. Better papers are called "acid free", based on the materials they were manufactured from. The best papers are "archival".
Paper products use up at least 35 percent of the world's annual commercial wood harvest.
More than 70% of today's businesses would fail within 3 weeks if they suffered a catastrophic loss of paper-based records due to fire or flood.
Paper in the average business grows by 22% a year, meaning your paper will double in 3.3 years.
Handmade paper are still made today with the same process as used earlier.
Handmade Paper is made by gathering the plant of choice, and beating it into a pulp. Water is then added, until the pulp becomes slurry. The slurry is then sifted against a screen until it forms an even layer.
Hot Press is the term used to describe the smoothest surface of watercolor paper, as if it had been ironed using a hot iron to make it perfectly smooth.
Soft Press paper has slightly more texture, but is still smooth, as if the hot ironing had been done, but using less pressure.
Cold Press paper has even more texture than the previous two, as if it had been ironed using a colder iron, leaving more bumps.
Rough paper is the most textured of the watercolor paper surfaces, as if it had not been ironed at all.
Rice paper is not really made from rice.
"Vellum" means different things to different papers.
Hemp paper can't give you a contact high.
Handmade paper has the advantage of being 100% wood free which makes it the most eco-friendly form of paper around.
It has greater tensile, bursting, tearing and double-fold strength compared to conventional paper.
Handmade paper turns out to be little more costly because they are not mass produced like conventional papers.

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