Cellulose fibres are obtained from wood, which serve as the basis for paper or cardboard. The cellulose fibres are dried with water to form a fleece, and additives such as the natural minerals kaolin and chalk are added if necessary. These minerals make the paper whiter, smoother or better printable. See what wood can do and how it is processed.
The extraction process creates by-products such as sawdust and wood shavings, which can be used in many ways for the production of paper, chipboard and fibreboard.
Wood from sustainable forestry generally has a positive life cycle assessment, as no additional increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is caused during decomposition. The tree only releases the amount it has stored during its lifetime. With continuous reforestation, young trees absorb the carbon dioxide again and thus close the cycle.