UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into the environmental and chemical aspect of sugarcane paper and wood fiber paper Bakhurji, Ammar; Leung, Auburn; Kim, William; Wang, Yu Chen


The University of British Columbia is a leader in the sustainability movement. With the increasing demand for paper in the developing countries such as China and India, the growing concerns for the environmental impacts are expected to accumulate over time. Our report investigates the environmental concerns in the production stages of both types of paper. The investigation focuses on various categories such as chemicals used in bleaching, different types of bleaching processes, quantitative analysis on wastewater, and alternative methods of bleaching process. This report includes a case study in Iran, academic journals, and data collected from past production reports. Based on the findings from the investigation, it is environmentally prominent to opt for bagasse (sugar cane) paper when it is challenged with wood fiber paper due to the quantity of wastes generated, and the amount of water required to effectively treat the said wastes. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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