Sugarcane as a source to produce paper in Mexico. A study to evaluate the feasibility for Mexican Industry

Cristina Guzman-Siller, Alexia Martínez , Valeria Montemayor Garza, Alisson Villareal-Hurtado , María Guadalupe Paredes Figueroa, Carlos Escamilla-Alvarado

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Abstract

Environmental impacts have persuaded the industry to look for new material
resources or to implement new technologies, to generate biodegradable or composted materials.
Spain introduced sugarcane into the Veracruz area in the year 1522. Now, Mexico is the sixth producer of sugarcane in the world, with 4.6% of the global production, 59,333,988 million tons a year2. The production is concentrated in 51 sugar factories in the country. Veracruz state is the biggest producer, with 37.6 % of its 22 sugar factories. India, South Africa, Colombia, and Argentina are the only four countries that had developed the commercial production of paper based on sugarcane.3. Paper from sugarcane has demonstrated to be a more sustainable option because it doesn't use chemistry in its process.
Mexico does not have wood forests to produce paper, most of the Mexican paper is recycled from imported paper and cardboard, producing low-quality cardboard. Therefore, this project starts by asking: Why not use another material source with longer fibers to improve Mexican cardboard?
This study has two objectives, review the 4 countries producing paper based on sugarcane and analyze their process and the quality of their papers. After this review, the target will be to develop the best process to produce this type of paper in Mexico.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Association of Packaging research Institutes
Pages294-304
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2023

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