It is almost impossible to find a person who does not use a phone or computer today. However, many are still uneasy about recording their thoughts or drafting reports online.
Unfortunately, paper is still essential in our everyday lives, just as it was a hundred years ago, which is why humanity consumes a tremendous amount of wood. According to statistics, up to 40% of all timber sold on the international market is used to produce paper. Likewise, the paper bleaching process is causing much harm to workers in factories through the hazardous chemicals in the bleaching process.
This has led many scientists to address the problem of creating an environmentally friendly alternative to paper, which does not use such a substantial number of resources. As a result, an "innovative" paper was developed by researchers at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The paper differs from normal paper because it is environmentally friendly and can be used up to eight times. Additionally, it is also suitable for regular color printing.
Searching for a raw vegetable material to make rapidly renewable and natural paper, scientists from Singapore chose sunflower pollen. First, the alkali and solvent eliminate the pollen in all molecules that can trigger human allergies. At this point, the material is washed with deionized water and cast into molds to dry. The result is perfectly safe sheets of paper with a thickness of 0.03 mm. The last step is soaking the sheets with acetic acid, preventing the paper from absorbing moisture.
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