Indian handmade paper is unique and ECO-FRIENDLY. Whereas the handmade paper produced in other parts of the world uses mainly fresh cotton lintel, Indian handmade paper is produced from cotton rag waste from the cotton garment industry. More importantly, no toxic chemicals are used in the handmade paper making process. In producing writing paper a small quantity of rosin soap and or alum are added to the pulp to make the writing paper blot free. The pulp is flushed with water to ensure that no traces of chemicals are left. During the pulp making colors and other waste materials like straw, grass, hemp, silk waste, flower petals etc., are added to lend a unique and beautiful artistic texture to the handmade paper.
Handmade paper has the advantage of being 100% wood free which makes it the most eco-friendly form of paper around. It is also 100% recycled. Handmade paper is excellent for writing as well as printing. It has greater tensile, bursting, tearing and double-fold strength compared to conventional paper. Apart from all this it looks great, handmade paper is fashionable, its upmarket, its classy!
Handmade paper seems to be the perfect thing to have come around in terms of environment friendliness. There are no chemicals used in the manufacture of handmade paper. The paper is solar dried, so no energy wastage. No trees are cut to make such paper, the pulp used to make the paper is derived from Cotton Fabric Rags, thus making it 100% eco-friendly and 100% natural. So handmade paper cuts down on pollution, its saves trees (and wildlife) thus contributing to a much healthier environment.
FACT: One tonne of mill made paper cost the earth 270 trees or 400 bamboo plants.