Can paper be turned back into wood?

Paper production

1. The most important raw material

The most important raw material for paper production is wood and waste paper.

2. Debarking

The trunk wood is debarked.

3. Mix the hoes

The round wood is chopped into pieces and mixed with waste paper and wood residues such as sawdust.

4. Grind to pulp

Within about three hours, the debarked wood is transformed into paper pulp, either by grinding it up, by boiling it in a hot chemical stock, or by both. The pulp produced by grinding is called wood pulp. The cooked pulp is called pulp. Wood is difficult to process into pulp. It consists of long, thin fibers of cellulose, which are thinner than human hair, and of lignin, a natural glue that holds the fibers together. Lignin is what makes your newspaper yellow in sunlight. If you add fibers and lignin from each other and liquid, you get pulp.


5. Cleaning

The wood knots, pieces of bark and raw fibers are removed with the help of filters and showers. Chemical residues are collected and reused. Water is expressed.

6. Make it whiter and more tear-resistant

The dirty brown pulp is bleached by heat and chlorine or pure oxygen. Wood pulp is mixed with wood pulp to create stronger newsprint.

7. Make it smoother

The fibers of the pulp are hollow and hard. Knives in a grinder crush them to make them stick together better. China clay and other additives make the pulp into an even mass. Computers take the guesswork out of papermaking: they decide the right amounts of chemicals and additives to make perfect paper.

8. On the sieve

The pulp is poured onto a sieve that is as long as a football field and two stories high. The aqueous slurry is evenly distributed on the damp end of the sieve. Water is removed by draining.

9. Paper mat

The paper looks like a damp mat when it runs from the sieve onto a felt cloth. The water is squeezed out in steel and rubber presses.


10. Pressing

Heated drying cylinders remove even more water. The paper is pressed between steel rollers.


11. Cutting
The wide paper rolls are cut to different widths, rolled up again and packed for each transport.