You don't have to cut the tree completely out of paper to make it green, though it certainly helps. But Xerox has figured out how to make more paper from few trees.
Xerox is unveiling a new process which uses more of a specific tree to make paper, thus cutting down on the total number of trees being used. Xerox is calling this paper High Yield Business Paper.
Xerox High Yield Business Paper is made from a mechanical pulping process, which uses 90 percent of a tree for papermaking pulp by overcoming operational problems, such as curling and dust, that prevent this type of paper from being used in digital print situations. This is opposed to the more traditional chemical pulping process, which Xerox says only uses 45 percent of a tree to create paper. The end result of the mechanical process is a reported production of 10 percent more sheets per pound at a quality equal to that of the chemically produced paper.
Xerox added its mechanically produced paper is also better for the environment in that it "requires less water and chemicals and is produced in a plant using hydroelectricity to partially power the pulping process. This process reduces fossil fuel use and results in up to a 75 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions."
The Xerox High Yield Business Paper looks for now like it's only targeted towards the digital printing needs of those doing high volume printing needs like direct mail centers. But that's cool, since they certainly use way more paper than you or I ever will.
written by Charles Green, August 01, 2007
written by Scott Stoddart, August 23, 2007
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