Chlorine Free Paper Issues


Tree Free Paper Issues

What will it take to develop more tree free papers? Are all of them equally beneficial to the environment? What are the best fibers to use? Do they make good paper?

These were just a few of the questions we asked of a wide group of experts on this issue. You can download the Executive Summary PDF or of the Full Study PDF. Or you can read our webpages here by clicking on the links below.

Executive Summary - A good overview of the comments.

A Brief History - Two experts give an overview of the development of nonwood papers.

Q 40. How do alternative fibers compare to tree fibers on environmental impacts?

Q 41. Do the environmental impacts vary by type of tree free fiber?

Q 42. What is the comparison of impacts between agricultural residues and on-purpose crops (impacts on farmers, use of land, need for pesticides and fertilizers, availability, water and energy, pollution, alternative uses)?

Q 43. What is the applicability of tree pulping mills to agricultural fibers?

Q 44. What is the availability of tree free pulping facilities, and future outlook?

Q 45. Are there environmental problems in pulping tree free fibers?

Q 46. Are tree free fibers appropriate for all types of printing and writing paper?

Q 47. Are there differences in quality or performance?

Q 48. What causes the price differences and what could reduce them?

Q 49. Are there limits on making tree free pulps into paper on certain machines?

Q 50. Are there performance problems with certain equipment?

Q 51. Are there enough tree free fibers to produce adequate amounts of paper?

Q 52. Can tree free papers be recycled?

Q 53. Is there an optimal mix of tree free fibers with tree fibers in a paper?

Q 54. Is it appropriate to expect tree free fibers to also be organic?




Vanessa E-H Stewart, Fiber Futures
for awesome work in organizing and conducting most of these interviews

Jeanne Trombly, Fiber Futures
for introducing us to many of the experts

Brian Herdeg
for terrific website assistance


Study first published September 26, 2004

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