From Timber To Paper
Remember when we used paper? Think back a few years ago when pdf and epubs weren’t very popular or even around for that matter. Now, even our children are growing up in what seems to be a paperless world. That being said, we can sometimes forget the simplicity of paper and where it actually comes from.
According to different sources, paper came on the scene somewhere around 100 – 105 B.C. Back then they were mixing mulberry, waste, rags, and different materials to try to make what we now call paper. It wasn’t until the 19th century, that machines were made to create continuous rolls of paper. Nowadays, we are making paper from pulp wood or recycled materials (It’s all about the environment).
Interestingly enough, not all trees produce the same type of paper. For example, soft woods like pine trees will produce a stronger paper. On the other hand, hardwoods like Australian red cedar would produce paper that is better for printing or paper for writing.
To get the trees from the wild to the mill they use a process called logging. Usually companies will do a clear-cut method. They go from one area to another clearing a calculated amount of land. Besides this, they have a select cut method. Instead of cutting down a section of land, they will go into an area and select only certain types of trees.
Once trees are delivered to the mill, they need to be turned into pulp by powerful machines that will grind the trees down. Using this method, the paper produced will be used for phone books and other things.
Another method is called chemical pulping. This method takes a lot of the natural glue-like substance that is found in the pulp. Once most of the liquid is taken out, it will get sprayed onto big mesh screens. This will look like a giant flat surface resembling a mat. Afterwards, it will be squeezed or pressed over and over again to get out all the water. Once this is done, it will be heated. At this stage, the paper will go through different treatments to make different textures. The end products are enormous reels of paper.
Who’s to say what’s better? On one side you can’t help but think of the damage that gets done to the environment. Clear cutting in large quantities is depleting the world of precious natural resources. On the other hand, using just epub readers or pdf files can make reading easier. You can change a whole library by putting it into digital files and make it fit into a tablet that fits into the palm of your hands. Paper is not the only thing we can get from timber. Timber is so versatile that it’s been used as a building block for homes since the beginning of humanity. If you’re not making paper but need some flooring done with timber, contact Brisbane Timber Floors.