Stone paper — a combination of 80 per cent limestone (calcium carbonate) powder and a small amount of a non-toxic, photodegradable resin (PE) — is produced using only half the energy needed to make conventional paper and produces half the carbon dioxide.
The paper can be used in a variety of ways ranging from being used to print fine manuscripts and books, including religious texts, gifts, bags etc. The paper is both oil- and bacteria-resistant and hence extremely durable.
"Stone paper is the eco-friendly alternative to conventional paper manufacturing which is heavily reliant on the use of wood as a primary ingredient,” said Harvey Djanogly, director of Parax Paper. "With increasing deforestation putting pressure on the unrestricted use of wood from trees in paper manufacture, stone paper will prove to be a popular and environmentally friendly alternative for global paper manufacturers, GNews reported.
"We want to carry the world forward to the new Stone Age. We believe that everyone has an interest in being more eco-friendly. We offer people a way to carry out this aim with no loss of comfort or practicality. Our stone paper can help build the foundation of a world where we don’t have to chop down trees to enhance the quality of our lives,” Djanogly said.