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Substituting Wood with Nonwood Fibers in Papermaking: A Win-Win Solution for Bangladesh

BDRWPS Working Paper No. 4

18 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2009  

M. Sarwar Jahan

Bangladesh Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (BCSIR)

Bernhard G. Gunter

Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC); American University

A. F. M. Ataur Rahman

North South University

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

Bangladesh is facing an acute shortage of fibrous raw materials for the production of pulp and paper. On the other hand, the demand for paper and paper products is increasing day by day. This study reviews the availability and suitability of nonwood raw materials for pulp production in Bangladesh. It shows that Bangladesh has a huge amount of unused jute fiber, which is highly suitable for papermaking in Bangladesh. Other agricultural wastes like rice straw, dhaincha, golpata fronds, cotton stalks, corn stalks, and kash are also available and may be used for some pulp production. Given the different properties of these different nonwood fibers, jute pulp can be used as a reinforcing agent with other nonwood pulps for the production of high quality paper in Bangladesh.

Keywords: Bangladesh, Papermaking, Jute, nonwood fiber

JEL Classification: O14, O13

Suggested Citation

Jahan, M. Sarwar and Gunter, Bernhard G. and Rahman, A. F. M. Ataur, Substituting Wood with Nonwood Fibers in Papermaking: A Win-Win Solution for Bangladesh (January 1, 2009). BDRWPS Working Paper No. 4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1322292 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1322292

M. Sarwar Jahan

Bangladesh Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (BCSIR) ( email )

Dr. Qudrat-E-Khuda Road
Dhaka, 1205
Bangladesh

Bernhard G. Gunter (Contact Author)

Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC) ( email )

2508 Fowler Street
Falls Church, VA 22046-2012
United States

American University ( email )

4400 Mass. Ave. NW
Economics Dept.
Washington, DC 20016
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/gunter.cfm

A. F. M. Ataur Rahman

North South University ( email )

12 Banani Commercial Area
Kemal Ataturk Avenue
Dhaka, Dhaka 1213 1213
Bangladesh
01188029885611 (Phone)
01188028823030 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.northsouth.edu/

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