Thinking and acting sustainably becomes more and more important for everyone – also for businesses and companies. Still, natural resources such as wood and oil are used for manufacturing processes. But did you know that there has been a revolution in the production of paper? With the aim to save forests and to reduce water usage, Times Bridge Management (TBM), in cooperation with Japan’s largest printing company Toppan Printing Co., has invented paper made out of Limestone, a material overlooked for a long time.
Made Out of Stone – How Is That Possible?
As the name LIMEX suggests, the main material of the new paper is Limestone. One major advantage of this raw material is its availability. In comparison to other natural resources, the Limestone reserves on earth are abundant. In order to produce one ton of LIMEX, just 0.6-0.8 tons of Limestone and 0.2 tons of polyethylene are needed.
Due to its composition and the new manufacturing technology, LIMEX paper is much lighter, cheaper, and higher in quality and commands a high recycling capability. Further, its greenhouse gas emissions are about 20 percent less than those emitted during traditional paper manufacturing. Because of its excellent water resistance, it can be used outdoor, in bathrooms or in any other wet areas – and even under water.
LIMEX – More than Paper
As paper consumption is estimated to double by 2030, LIMEX’ paper can be one huge step towards sustainability and environmental conservation. In the future, its inventors intent not only to replace conventional paper and plastic, they also aim to develop material for clothing, cars, medical appliances, robots, and other application fields supporting our daily life.
What do you think: In which other sectors can this material be used?