When was the paper first made out of Straw?
The word ‘paper’ derives from the Greek term for the ancient Egyptian writing material called papyrus, which was used more than 2000 years ago and made from beaten strips of papyrus plants. But this was not paper.
The first paper was invented in China more than 2000 years ago, by a Chinese man who made paper from reed fibres. This industry remained a secret in China for years, and then came to Persia. The Persians made paper from cotton and old cotton clothes. After Islam, this knowledge came down through the Arabs and the North African Muslims, before arriving in Spain and then France.
The paper was handmade until 200 years ago. At that time, a French man created a machine named Fourdrinier to make roll paper.
After the fabrication of paper, pulp was made from fibres of the pine tree in Europe. But the first paper made from straw was produced about 200 years ago in France and England.
Our Environmentally-friendly Process
We keep our carbon footprint low by using locally-grown straw that would otherwise be composted or burnt for the covers of the various products.
As the liquid used in the pulping is not cooked, it’s composition – pH – remains unaltered (it is not digested). So the same liquid can be used for the process time and time again. The liquid is never rejected.
The fibres are extracted through a mechanical process, but 100% of the straw is used (lignin & ash) – so there is no waste.
What little energy is used in the production process is supplied by our own solar panels and a specially constructed frame allows a large quantity of sheets to air dry naturally, although an adapted bicycle system can speed things up when necessary!