paper made from rock…believe it, or not…

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28/01/2011 by Sarah Ritchie

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Yes, it’s true! The latest and greatest “paper” on the market is not made from trees, flax, hemp, papyrus or other greenery…it’s made from rock! No joke.

Check out this website for more details, but here is the guts of the product in a medium-sized nutshell!

  • Rockstock is the registered trade-name of a ground-breaking, high quality, coated paper with outstanding environmental values.
  • It can be used in most situations where conventional and synthetic paper is used and offers exceptional printing, water proofing and tear resistant qualities.
  • Rockstock claims to be the world’s most environmentally-friendly paper.
  • It is manufactured from ground down waste stone and offcuts used in the building industry. It contains no wood fibre.
  • Rockstock has a low carbon emission.
  • It uses significantly less energy to produce than wood fibre paper.
  • It generates no effluent in its manufacture.
  • It requires no water, acid, base or bleach during production.
  • Any trimmings or waste paper from production is recycled to make new paper.
  • It is both recyclable and photo-degradable.
  • Sometimes confused with synthetic paper, Rockstock is neither synthetic nor pulp or fibre based and is termed “Rich Mineral Paper”. Rockstock has qualities of both pulp and synthetic papers, but it is much more environmentaly friendly than either of the two.
  • It is water, mist, grease, anti-moth and insect proof, food/freezer grade, and can be heat sealed.
  • In addition of up to 85% ground-up mineral waste or CaC03, Rockstock contains a small amount of a non-toxic resin.
  • Available in weights ranging from 80gsm  through 600gsm.

…and, it’s now available in New Zealand…only for the big users to buy though – unless you want to pay a fortune – but should be within reach of the little people soon. How exciting!

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