Stone paper is a new type of printing substrate for which production requires far fewer resources than traditional paper production. It has a remarkably different structure than traditional paper, unique features, and a number of interesting applications that promise to change the modern paper industry.
In 2014, the world’s paper production reached 400 million tons for the first time. Most of that paper usage comes from the US and Europe, with 7 of the 10 highest consuming countries being in Europe. Considering that China only consumes 35% of the paper per capita compared to the US and consumes already half of the world’s production, there is great pressure to find a sustainable solution to traditional paper.
This presentation was originally given on January 14th, 2021 at the future!publish 2021 in Berlin. It’s about sustainability with traditional paper, the facts about stone paper, and how German publishers have the capacity to grow the stone paper supply to scale. As the title suggests, the supply growth and the resulting price drop would be enough to save the next century of the paper industry.