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Advantages of Specialty Pulp Basic Grades of Pulp Pulp Applications


We offer a variety of grades and styles of pulps for our customers – including specialty or “designer” pulp, created to produce a specific kind of paper. Our focus is on rag or cotton-based pulps … however, we can custom design any pulp to your exact specifications. (See our information on Making Paper & Pulp.)


The Advantages & Uses of Specialty Pulp 
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Paper made from cotton rag pulp or other specialty fibers offers some special advantages over paper made from wood-based pulp.


Toughness and Durability.
The papers resulting from natural fiber pulps are extremely durable, providing a high degree of permanence. To illustrate this point, just about everyone has accidentally left money in a pocket and run it through the washing machine. Likewise, we’ve also seen that this same bill can simply be spread out to dry – or even run through the dryer like clothing – and it’s just fine. That’s because the paper is made from a cotton rag pulp.

On the other hand, we’ve all seen newsprint or paper grocery bags (both made from wood-based pulp) get wet … and literally fall apart, practically dissolving away. In short, we make pulp that produces papers that will withstand unusually heavy wear and tear that most papers aren't required to endure.


Unique Look & Feel. Other natural fibers and materials in pulp can also give the resulting paper a unique texture and appearance. For example, by adding finely shredded pieces of straw to a cotton pulp, the resulting paper will have an elegant speckled finish. Likewise, the addition of specific materials may add color, texture, or other attractive characteristics to the finished paper.

Just a few of the types of materials we use in our pulps include tobacco stalks, manila (industrial hemp), wool, raime, abaca, kenaf, jute, sisal, flax, and other materials. Pulps may also contain virtually any specialty fiber a customer chooses: finely ground straw, hay, bamboo, reeds, and other unusual ingredients.