No trees, no water, no chlorine and photodegradable, a new paper from limestone, plaster and marble, which comes with the aim of becoming the environmental alternative to cellulose. It is composed of about 80 percent mineral powder and 20 percent of a non-toxic resin, which acts as a binder, are the necessary ingredients to produce "Terraskin" as this new type of paper is called.
This composition can produce a material highly resistant to water, grease and scratches, the characteristics that make it suitable for the manufacture of bags, self-adhesive labels and soap containers. There is no need for wood, it does not generate wastewater or pollution, it does not require bleaching, uses 50 percent of energy and produces less CO2 emissions than conventional papermaking, requires 30 percent less ink and is degradable with sun exposure for three to nine months.
The US parent company, "Desings and Sorce", creator of the product, has its mineral sources in Asia and currently has a single factory in Taiwan, where a Spanish distributor will import the product for sale in Europe.
At the moment, "Terraskin" is only going to be marketed at an industrial level, since its price although it is competitive for direct sale to the public, some companies have created paper products and for the school with this material. In this regard, Schmidt has said that the goal of his company is to bring "Terraskin" to homes in the next five years, since, he said, "if all the paper in the world is of this new material, more than three million trees will be saved and CO2 equivalent to 55 million cars will no longer be emitted.