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The Art Of Paper Manufacturing

By Connor Sullivan

When it comes to eco friendly materials, paper is one of the most preferable materials. Today, we see many types of paper with unique level of thickness and durability. Paper’s usage is not limited to writing any more. It now ranges from cleanliness products to wrapping material. Wax packaging, seafood packaging and even the poultry boxes are all made from it. With its many usages, it would be fun to track back to the history of this invention.

It is a commonly known fact that paper has been around since a long long time. The name paper itself came from papyrus, which refers to the bark of a plant. It is obvious that the bark was the first kind of material used as a paper. Yet, the scribbling on rocks and stones were used even before that. The real paper making technique was developed in China during the Han dynasty in around 200BC. The very first paper is known to be made from mulberry leaves, fishnets and rags. In the third century, the use of paper became more common, and it was also used for wrapping purposes as well.

During the Tang dynasty (around 600AD), the domain of paper usage was even more broadedned and it was now used in tea bags, napkins, baskets and other pretty decorations. By that time, toilet paper had already taken a place as an essential need in China. Then it was in the Song dynasty that paper currency notes was actually printed, thus further enhancing the value of paper. Although kept secret by the Chinese, the technique of paper making did reach Japan by the 610AD. Yet, it was the Arabs who took paper making to the next stage by introducing bulk manufacturing methods during 751 AD. It became a major industry of Baghdad and Samarkand. From this point on, Arabs invented many calligraphic and book making styles as a form of art.

After the first crusades, the technique of paper manufacturing made its way into the western world. However, historical remains proves that the Mayans also developed”had their own the paper making methods during the 5th century. This technique was same as the Chinese method, but was solely made of tree bark. During the 1400′s, many printing techniques were transferred from fabric to paper, and paper making became an industry around the world. Water powered paper mills were common all around Europe and the Middle East. Yet, paper was still costly and not as ceneral as it is today.

During the 19th century, the invention of the steam engine brought new power to the paper making technique which was able to make paper out of wood pulp, the latter which soon became a genral use. This made way for a quicker way of mass-production of paper, which in return reduced the price. The paper products and printing presses was now all over the world. Magzines and books became an everyday object. However, methods have again changed, and most of the work is done on softcopies rather than papers, but it has not been able to completely replace paper. The need for paper is ever increasing, and printed materials are still much more reliable than their soft counterparts.

Author Connor Sullivan writes about wax packaging and other forms of packaging. His wife ordered seafood packaging to ship seafood to local businesses in the area.

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