Did you know it can take 24 fully grown trees to make just one ton of paper, which is only 400 reams of A4 paper! Imagine how many trees are sacrificed every day to meet our paper needs worldwide.
Now consider bamboo, a member of the grass family which can grow up to 10 times faster than wood. Bamboo also produces up to 35% more oxygen than trees and will absorb over 4 times the amount of carbon. Due to its many environmental advantages over wood, bamboo is now being used to make high quality, vivid white A4 copy paper.
Comparison between Moso Bamboo & Blue Gum Eucalyptus (a fast growing tree commonly used in Australian plantations)
Moso Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Growing to an average maximum height of 25 metres, the majority of this growth will occur in the first year. During this first season, the clump of young shoots grow vertically, with no branching. In the next year the pulpy wall of each culm or stem slowly dries and hardens, the culm begins to sprout branches and leaves from each node. In the third year the shoot is considered a fully mature culm. Harvesting can occur annually from the first year, removing around 20% of the bamboo without damaging the environment or the productivity of the plant. This is far more efficient than trees which can take up to a decade before the first harvest.
Blue Gum is one of the fastest growing trees used in Australian plantations. It can grow up to 14 metres in 3 years. In the eighth year the tree can reach up to 30 metres. At 30 years of age the Blue Gum is considered mature and will be up to 50 metres tall. Harvesting of Blue Gum pulpwood can begin at between 10 to 12 years then every 5 to 7 years after that, called thinning which consists of cutting down the smaller trees. The plantation is clear felled at the 30 year mark when the trees have reached their maximum height.
Along with a fast growing rate, Bamboo also has a high rate of carbon sequestration. Moso Bamboo has the ability to take in up to 56 tonnes of carbon per hectare annually. This is almost 5 times as much as Blue Gum which will sequester around 10 tonnes of CO2/ha per year, though when chopped down it will only retain about 30% of that carbon. Bamboo on the other hand will store up to 90% of the carbon it has sequested and may be retained for decades depending on the life span of the product it is used for. Bamboo will also generate up to 35% more oxygen than trees during the process of photosynthesis.
Bamboo grows naturally without the need for fertilisers and pesticides. Blue Gum plantations can be greatly affected by weeds and insects, with aerial spraying common on most plantations. One of the pesticides Alpha-Cypermethrin is used to kill pests on Blue Gum plantations, a chemical that can be toxic to freshwater fish.
As you can see from below, Frogprint (left) is as bright, if not brighter, than one of Australia’s most popular copy papers!
|Item No||Description||Reams Per Carton||Pallet Qty|
|9650||Bamboo Copy Paper A4 80gsm 500 Sheets||5||80 cartons|
Available direct from Mordialloc, Victoria and Sydney will soon follow. Delivery available nation wide.
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