UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into wheat straw paper and wood pulp paper use at UBC Zhang, Jack Yue; LaMarche, Ryan; Lin, Weber; Tung, William; Jiang, Chao


The usages of paper have been integrated in our life for thousands of years. As the demand for paper increases, the environmental impact of paper production has increased over the millennium. This report investigates the economical, social and the environmental impact of wheat paper usage in UBC. The scope of this project is to determine whether replacing 30% post consumer paper with wheat straw paper on the UBC campus will reduce greenhouse gas emission, benefit British Columbia’s economy and determine Canada’s ability to produce wheat paper on a mass scale. In the social section of the report, a survey was conducted regarding the quality between 30% post consumer fiber paper and wheat straw paper. In the environmental section of the report, the 30% post consumer fiber paper and wheat straw paper were compared based on the emission during production of the two types of paper. In the social section of the report, the difficulties of producing wheat paper are discussed and barrier preventing the widespread of wheat paper in all parts of Canada. 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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