How is Paper Made From Trees?


Paper from trees

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Every now and then you hear an adult saying  “Don’t waste paper” or “Recycle paper”  to save trees. Don’t you think what has paper got to do with trees? That’s because paper is made from trees. Sounds strange? Here is how.

All the wood in the trees is mostly made up of fiber. Paper is made by processing the wood and its fiber. It all starts by cutting down trees. The logs are then sent to a paper factory.

In the factory, at first the bark is peeled off from the trunk. Then the wood is chopped into very small pieces. The wood pieces are then boiled with water and few chemicals until they turn into a slushy, mushy pulp.

This pulp is then poured onto a fine wire mesh where the pulp stays on the top  of the wire mesh and a lot of water from it drains out. The thick pulp remaining on the wire is then squeezed between felt-covered press rollers to absorb extra water.

rolls of paper

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After that yet again, pulp mat  passes through hot rollers many a times until it is completely dry. And guess what we get then? Paper rolls are out!!


  1. Simple description for children to understand. But a few more pictures rollers would make it more attractive for children.

  2. that was a good explanation, but could it have a picture for each step it would really help improve the explanation for kids if they had a visual.

  3. this is more than enough for a small child to understand how is paper made from trees!

  4. This really helped me with my homework. I had to write a news article on something that is made from trees . ;-) yeah awsome #KrazyGirl101

  5. Thanks a lot for your help because my class had do do a presentation and I chose trees, but next time put in a bit more pictures in. Thanks

  6. I find it interesting that you said that paper is formed into a pulp mat, which is pressed through a hot roller many times before creating a roll. When you showed the picture of a finished paper roll, it gave me an idea. Companies can reuse their cores by using a hydraulic stripper so that they can save on manufacturing costs.

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