A New Use for Wheat Straw in North America’s First Tree-Free Paper Pulp Mill

Paper Advancement

With the rising demand for more sustainable packaging products, Columbia Pulp, North America’s first tree-free paper pulp mill, is using agricultural waste—wheat straw—to fill the gap.

The company, based in southeastern Washington state, says it uses 70 percent less energy and 75 percent less water than conventional wood pulp mills. 

Columbia takes straw left on farmers’ fields after wheat harvests and turns it into paper pulp that is both totally chlorine free (TCF) and FDA-approved for coming into contact with food.


Source: Triple Pundit


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