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How is Paper Made From Trees?

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.


Paper Roll
Paper Roll, Image Credit: Joa70 from Pixabay

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!!

Image Credit: Featured Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

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21 responses to “How is Paper Made From Trees?”

  1. vijayalakshmi Avatar

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

  2. kinooze Avatar

    Thanks for your feedback Vijayalakshmi, We will try to incorporate more pictures in the article.

  3. Trinity Avatar

    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.

  4. Chris L. Avatar
    Chris L.

    This post really helped me with my project in science.

  5. saritha jaideep marar Avatar
    saritha jaideep marar

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

  6. Louis Bridge Avatar
    Louis Bridge

    So helpful towards my homework:-)

  7. Preggie Avatar

    Excellent! Helped my daughter for her homework. Thank you

  8. charlie Avatar

    it is cool

  9. Luca Savage Avatar
    Luca Savage

    This has helped my friend THomas A lot with his explaination homework

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  11. Destiny Avatar

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

  12. Chicapickle Avatar

    Cool! This helped me with my homework.please add more pictures tho,that would really help.

  13. Mikayla Avatar

    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

  14. Patrick Balzan Avatar
    Patrick Balzan

    Excuse me kids are smart to know that paper is made by trees

  15. Peggy L Smith Avatar
    Peggy L Smith

    What are the chemicals that helps turn wood into paper?

  16. Ahu Avatar

    Very nice and easy for children to understand

  17. Shanmukh Avatar

    Good explanation and easily understood by children.

  18. Tim Yaotome Avatar
    Tim Yaotome

    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.

  19. Faith Avatar

    This helped a lot for my presentation! Thanks!

  20. Anonymous Avatar

    Great website, however please include more pics so that it is easy to understand, but in overall it really helped me, so thank you so much

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