Paper surrounds our lives – from the time we get up in the morning and collect the morning newspaper to the time we fall asleep reading by the bedside. Paper, as a medium of communication, is priceless – it’ll probably not be in our lifetimes that we substitute it completely with emails.
But did you know manufacturing paper is a highly energy-intensive process? Apart from wood for the fibers, it also requires a large amount of water, energy and chemicals. The paper industry in the US is the largest consumer per tonne of water and the third largest in terms of energy consumption. An alternative could be what they call Stone paper.
Made out of 80% stone and 20% resins, it offers energy savings of up to 50% compared to traditional paper and saving 20 trees per tonne. Stone paper is also tear-proof and waterproof. The only downside being that it weighs roughly 60% more than normal paper – meaning your bag will be slightly heavier. A small price to pay, however, for saving 1.6 gallons of water, 0.02 trees and lots of energy.