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Paper Steps Back to the Stone Age in a Green Way

10/14/2008 3:09:18 PM

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FiberStone Paper, according to the manufacturer, is made from 80 percent calcium carbonate (limestone) and 20 percent non-toxic high-density polypropylene resin. The resin acts as a binder for the calcium carbonate.

The paper, which is supposedly 100 percent recyclable, can be used to replace virgin and recycled paper in all applications of the printing process. And when the numbers to produce one ton of FiberStone Paper are compared to those other paper products, it makes good ecological sense to switch to FiberStone.

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Information provided by www.naturalsourceprinting.com

Unfortunately, all of these claims have not been substantiated by an independent third-party source. Rockpaper.com is independent from and says many of the same things as Natural Source Printing, but they’re obviously promoting their own brand of the product. It’s been heavily debated on www.treehugger.com but no consensus was reached. That’s why I’ve brought it to your attention, so together we can get to the truth.

Another down side to the product is that Natural Source Printing can’t make it available at this time to individuals who need small runs because the demand from corporations and small businesses is too high but as interest grows the company says they would like to increase their production.

So, back to the game: If rock now beats paper, and if the claims made by Natural Source Printing are true, it clearly does environmentally speaking. And scissors beats rock, then where does that leave the future of paper? Hopefully, it gets left where it will do the most good for our planet and us: In the trees.



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