Paper, one of wood’s oldest applications, is used for writing, printing, and for packaging, health and sanitary products, as well as many industrial processes.
BC produces a wide range of paper products:
Newsprint is an uncoated mechanical paper mainly used in the printing of newspapers. It is primarily made of mechanical pulp and can contain recycled fibre from old newspapers and magazines.
Uncoated mechanical papers
Uncoated papers, excluding newsprint, are composed of fibres mainly from mechanical pulping. They are used for inserts, flyers, magazines, catalogues, directories and books.
Lightweight coated papers
Lightweight coated papers can be gloss or matte finish and come in a variety of weights for printing magazines, catalogues, inserts, flyers, supplements and promotional materials.
Kraft papers are made predominantly from wood pulp. They are noted for their strength and, in unbleached grades, used primarily as wrappers and packaging materials. They can be converted into grocery bags, multi-wall sacks, tire wraps and butcher wraps.
Component materials such as linerboard and corrugated medium are used in the manufacture of shipping containers, other corrugated board products, specialty liners and fibre boards.
Tissue grades, manufactured from kraft and recycled pulp, include bathroom and facial tissue, paper towels and napkins. They are manufactured for consumer, in-home and commercial use and away-from-home use, such as office and industrial buildings, schools and hotels.
BC researchers develop a biodegradable medical mask using provincial species
Paper is increasingly used as a low-carbon recyclable material—a renewable alternative to fossil fuel-based packaging such as plastics and foams. Researchers in the BioProducts Institute at the University of British Columbia has stepped up to the challenge, designing what could be the very first N95 mask that can be sourced and made entirely in Canada. It’s also possibly the world’s first fully compostable and biodegradable medical mask. The prototype masks are made from BC wood fibres including pine, spruce, cedar and even recycled paper.