Sugarcane Copypaper

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Sugarcane Copypaper: The first little step to sustainable shopping

Belgium
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

To help children and teachers to have a sustainable way of using their school materials and to make them think about its origins. We destroy the earth by using too many resources and we pollute. With small actions we can make a big difference. A relatively simple but effective tool is the replacement of wood-containing paper office by our variant of sugarcane paper.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We use too much paper, which leads to unnecessary deforestation. In addition to the reduction in your paper consumption, you can choose for paper made from bagasse: waste from the sugar cane production (nutrients are already out). Awareness of this is still not big enough and we choose to make children (and their parents) aware of the alternative.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Paper made from sugar cane fiber has the same characteristics as paper made from wood. However, sugar cane grows annually (Eucalyptus grows about 10 years) and also takes back a lot more CO2. By replacing the office paper by this alternative, would 60% to 65% less trees have to be felled. There is a secondary application of the material, which still is a virgin fiber. With this project we save about 2.6 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of paper (80 boxes A4 is 1 ton of paper) And approximately 0.2 ha of forest per tonne of paper (80 boxes A4 is 1 ton of paper)
Impact: How does it Work

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Sugar cane fibers are useful in the production of a variety of disposable articles, and packaging. The application in the form of office paper constitutes an innovation. The project described above is applicable to all schools. Focus for the coming years in education and government institutions in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Paper wastage and unnecessary cutting trees is a known issue. There is currently no competitor approaches in exactly the same way as ours.
Team

Team

As sustainable businesses we want to invest in changes that we can do. In order to leave a beautiful world behind for our children. Therefore is a project that can be picked up by the children, who will use paper on a daily basis, so good. So how do we work on it ? With our heart and soul.
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