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Clever on paper


Farm stubble, sawdust, and corn flakes are valuable resources for packaging material.

Now, a Ukrainian startup is turning to nature’s other gifts to help lower CO2 emissions. Why fell 17 trees to make a ton of paper when you could use 2.3 tons of fallen leaves instead?

After being collected from parks, sidewalks and residential developments, the leaves are cleaned, dried and granulated.

Next, without the use of chemicals, cellulose fibres are extracted and processed into paper.

The technique uses 15 times less water and 3 times less energy than traditional paper manufacturing methods.

CO2 emissions, meanwhile, are a whopping 78% lower. Not only that, the leaf paper degrades in 30 days.

Could be combined with this Indian barter exchange.

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