Use of waste for sustainable paper production
In order to feed the world’s population, plants such as rice, grain or sugar cane are cultivated all over the world. After harvesting the edible plant components, leaves, stems, etc. remain as agricultural waste. It makes up about 80 % of the plant material and is usually burnt.
This waste is now used for the production of paper, which can be recycled up to seven times, just like conventional wood fibre paper. Furthermore, due to its natural components, the sweet grass paper is both industrially and home compostable (Certified according to DIN CERTO).
This can help to counteract the deforestation of millions of hectares of forests that are still needed for paper and cardboard production. With only about 1.8% of the annual agricultural waste, the entire annual paper and cardboard demand can be covered throughout Europe.
Sweet grass paper from India
The paper mill has its headquarters in Kagithapuram, in the province of Tamil Nadu in the south of India. This location is well chosen because a large part of the agricultural waste is generated there and can therefore be used directly locally. Through cooperation with thousands of local small farmers, the world’s largest paper mill using agricultural waste has been built there. This prevents the annual deforestation of an area of forest equivalent to over 20,000 football pitches or the size of the municipality of Amsterdam.