FAQ Regenerative Packaging

Why reinvent paper? We have always cut down 20 year old trees, throw a bunch of chemicals, cook it and turn it into paper that we throw away 10 minutes after we have used it! 

Yes there is a much better way:

According to the latest data available from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the United States produced approximately 72.6 million metric tons (MT) of paper and paperboard in 2020. This includes all types of paper products such as printing and writing paper, tissue, packaging, and specialty papers.

It's worth noting that this figure includes both domestically produced paper as well as imported paper products. Additionally, the production of paper and paperboard can vary from year to year depending on various factors such as changes in demand, technological advancements, and fluctuations in the price of raw materials

Here is a brief on the Unique Value Proposition for our plant bio-mass feedstocks value add paper:

Our wheat grass paper offers a sustainable alternative to traditional virgin wood paper, reducing deforestation and helping to combat climate change. Made from +/-80% wheat stalks, our paper is a byproduct of wheat farming and requires no additional farming or land use, with additional fertilizer byproduct of making paper. By choosing our paper products, customers can make a positive impact on the environment without sacrificing quality or performance 

How much paper is made & used in the USA?

According to the American Forest and Paper Association, the breakdown of how the 72 Million Metric Tonnes of paper and paperboard is used in the United States in 2019 is as follows:

  • Containerboard (i.e. corrugated boxes): 36.1%
  • Boxboard (i.e. cereal boxes, shoe boxes): 7.1%
  • Printing and writing paper: 20.3%
  • Kraft paper: 3.4%
  • Tissue paper: 4.7%
  • Other paper and paperboard: 28.4%

It's worth noting that some of the categories listed above may include paper products used in food service packaging, such as containerboard used for takeout boxes or tissue paper used in napkins and paper towels.

Does the USA export much of the tree paper made here?

Yes, the US exports a significant amount of paper and paperboard products each year. According to the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), in 2020, the US exported 11.4 million short tons of paper and paperboard, with a value of $6.2 billion. The top export markets for US paper and paperboard products are Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and South Korea.

What is the estimated CO2e emissions for virgin wood paper?

 According to data from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the pulp and paper industry in the United States was responsible for emitting approximately 67.8 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2019.

 Click this link to an article in the ADS Publication about the effectiveness of wheat straw and other agriculture burden by products and their viable use.

Based on our calculations, we estimated that by replacing virgin wood pulp with wheat stalk pulp, we could potentially offset up to 111.6 million metric tonnes of CO2e per year. However, this is a theoretical maximum estimate, and actual offset numbers would depend on various factors such as the adoption rate of wheat stalk pulp, the size of the pulp and paper industry, and the specific CO2 emissions of each production facility.

 

Here are the estimated annual usage quantities for each chemical component in million metric tons (MMT) for manufacturing 72 million metric tons of paper per year using virgin wood:

 
Chemical Component Measurement (MMT)
Sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) 4.4
Sodium sulfide 2.2
Sodium carbonate (soda ash) 2.2
Chlorine dioxide 0.3
Hydrogen peroxide 0.1
Ozone 0.02
Total 9.22

Note that these are estimates based on industry averages and may vary slightly depending on specific processes and practices used by individual mills

 

Here are the estimated annual usage quantities for each chemical component in million metric tons (MMT) for manufacturing 72 million metric tons of paper per year using one method wheat straw:

Chemical Component Estimated Annual Use (MMT) for 72 Million Tons of Paper
Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) 0.72 - 1.44 MMT
Sodium Sulfite (Na2SO3) 0.36 - 0.72 MMT
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) 0.36 - 1.08 MMT
Enzymes (e.g., Xylanase) 0.0072 - 0.036 MMT
Surfactants 0.036 - 0.072 MMT
Anthraquinone (optional) 0.0072 - 0.036 MMT
Oxygen (O2, in some oxygen delignification processes) 0.36 - 0.72 MMT

These quantities are expressed in million metric tons (MMT) and provide a broad range based on typical usage rates per metric ton of pulp. Keep in mind that these are rough estimates, and actual quantities would depend on specific technologies, processes, and advancements in the industry.

TREE FREE PLANT BIO-MASS MADE PAPER:

Wheat Stalk replaces Trees in our packaging model.

Phase I: Taking orders for importing bulk purchase orders, please contact us for the price sheet. Paperboard, tissue, food service, shipping packaging, retail packaging. Contact us today for more information.

Phase II: Build these Wheat Stalk pulp mills in the USA!  We bring the equipment, training, process and 50+ years in generational expertise in this regenerative agriculture value add packaging solution. Join our green supply chain infrastructure collaborative group, and make a difference for our planet and the many generations who are yet to come.

Replace the waste of virgin wood, turn them into tiny homes instead of disposable napkins.

 PLANT RESIN REPLACE FOSSIL PLASTIC: 

Made from Potato, Corn and other plant bio-mass.

Composting in 120days 

LINK TO OUR ONE PAGER HERE

 

It is essential that in the near future, we can set up sustainable manufacturing of this type of manufacturing for Bio-Pulp & Bio-Plastic in the USA. Most of the raw materials we use are biomass which are the by-products of the essential food grown in USA. Currently this byproduct is a hassle for the farmers and processors.  With our technology, not only do we save millions of tons of toxins in processing wood into paper, but our special process has the perfect fertilizer we can renourish the same land which fed us. 

Our Grain Stalk Fiber and Plant starch materials have benefits over using not only Virgin Wood, but Sugarcane also known as Bagasse, or Bamboo. 

Bamboo is strong like wood, its value in raw form far outlasts the toxins and energy needed to create paper out of it. I think other long term use is a better up use of Bamboo than disposable paper and consumer products.

From Bagasse, sugar fiber may be the by product, however farmers are clearing what should be protected natural marshes to plant new Sugarcane farms, disrupting essential eco systems in far away countries.  Increase in Sugarcane and Bamboo farming is undeniably influenced by the increase in "Sustainable" Food Service demand (finally) for better alternatives to 30 year old Virgin Trees and Toxic Petroleum. 

We already grow Millions of acres of Wheat, Barley, Potato and Corn each year in America, now we can make better use of those bio-waste materials into a truly Regenerative Circular Sustainable Economy.  These three words can be thrown around quickly, but take note, not only are our materials of the highest . We (Seattle Creative Studio | CircularisDesign.Co) are working on a model to bring this type of circular economy to build USA manufacturing in a sustainable way,  using our plentiful under utilized agriculture by-products.    Our Pilot Mill is targeted for 2025, modeled after co-operative employee ownership and franchise opportunity