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An Introduction to Paper

What is paper? Find out today

What is Paper?

Paper is an incredibly versatile substance made from naturally occurring plant fibres called cellulose. Originally derived from cloth rags and grasses, paper is now mostly made with wood fibres, much of which comes from recycled paper.

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The History of Paper

The name ‘paper’ comes from the Latin papyrus which was made from a grass-like plant, sliced into layers and beaten into sheets. This is why many people think that the first paper was made by the Egyptians.

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How is Paper Made?

Paper pulp is made from trees, though it can also be made from bamboo, cotton, hemp, jute, and a wide range of other plant materials. Our diagram details the papermaking process and illustrates the extensive use of recovered paper.

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MPs urged to amend the Trade and ‘Customs’ Bills

Manufacturing organisations and unions have written to MPs urging them to amend the Trade and ‘Customs’ Bills. The Manufacturing Trade Remedies Alliance (MTRA) say that without changes, the Bills will weaken the UK’s ability to combat unfairly cheap imports.

MTRA Secretary Tom Reynolds said: “When other countries don’t play by the global trade rules, manufacturers depend on effective trade remedies. The Government’s proposals will produce post-Brexit remedies that are weaker than in the EU, putting jobs and investment on the line. On the brink of a trade war, why disarm? The Bills needed amending; we need robust remedies.

MTRA have asked MPs to support amendments 21 and 25 to the Customs Bill and 22 and 23 of the Trade Bill.


Further information: Tom Reynolds, MTRA Secretary, 07850 828717.
The Manufacturing Trade Remedies Alliance (MTRA), which is made up of the following organisations: Agricultural Industries Confederation; British Ceramic Confederation; British Glass; Chemical Industries Association; Confederation of Paper Industries; Mineral Products Association; Renewable Energy Association; UK Steel; Community; GMB; TUC; and Unite

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