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


  • M. Sarwar Jahan

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

  • Bernhard G. Gunter

    () (Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC))

  • A. F. M. Ataur Rahman

    () (North South University (NSU))


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.

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  • M. Sarwar Jahan & Bernhard G. Gunter & A. F. M. Ataur Rahman, 2009. "Substituting Wood with Nonwood Fibers in Papermaking: A Win-Win Solution for Bangladesh," Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS) BDRWPS No. 4, Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC).
  • Handle: RePEc:bnr:wpaper:4

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    Bangladesh; natural fibers; jute; paper making; pulp;

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