How is Paper Made

The basic recipe for making paper is a mixture of water and wood. However, recycled fibre is also used in the process of paper making.

Firstly, the trees are harvested from tree farms most commonly. After removal more trees are planted in their place to ensure we still have oxygen and places for the animals and wildlife to live.

After the trees have been cut down into logs, the logs are then transported to the paper company.

Once arriving at the paper company the logs are washed and cut into small wood chip.

The wood chip is then pulped to separate the wood fibers from each other forming a mushy, watery solution.

The pulp is then put onto a long wire screen to drain some of the water out, the water that has been collected from this process will be reused again.

The leftover pulp on the wire starts to fuse together forming what we know as paper. The paper is then squeezed between rollers to absorb more water.

Even after this process the pulp still has about 50% water in it.

Then the pulp is then passed through many heated metal rollers, heating and drying the pulp, sealing the fibers and eventually turning the pulp into paper.

The paper is then pressed by iron rollers to ensure it is completely smooth.

Some of the paper can be coated with clay to provide a glossy finish that is easier to print on.

The paper is then left to dry. After the paper has dried completely it is ready for packaging to be distributed to stores world-wide.

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