The stem of the cotton plant is rich in cellulose, a good material for papermaking. This process came from the Cotton Technological Research Laboratory in Bombay, India which taught papermaking from cotton plant stems – such as writing paper, wrapping paper, and newsprint. They used soft green stems with 70% moisture.
- Boil the chopped stem in 6% alkaline.
- Wash the cooked material and place in a beater to separate the fibers.
The resulting product is a good quality yellow pulp. (In general, paper is made from cellulose materials. The procedure is almost the same except maybe for the ingredients used.)
For more information, contact:
Dept. of Science and Technology
Rm. 303 DOST Bldg., DOST Complex, Gen. Santos Ave.,
Bicutan, Taguig City 1631
Telephone Nos: (632) 837-20-71 to 82