> Case Studies
> TAKEKAMI(Bamboo paper), beneficially utilization of Domestic Bamboo
TAKEKAMI(Bamboo paper), beneficially utilization of Domestic Bamboo
CHUETSU PULP & PAPER, CO., LTD.
In 1998, CHUETSU PULP & PAPER, CO., LTD. attempted to make paper from domestically produced bamboo, something held to be impossible. This has developed into a project that uses local, managed bamboo forests. This is good not only for the bamboo groves, but for the surrounding local satoyama woodlands, which contribute to biodiversity.
If left alone, bamboo will grow out of control, and the many functions and biodiversity of the forest will fall below optimal levels. Harvesting it efficiently for paper has also helped the bamboo shoots industry and generated additional economic value, resulting in people actively coming to maintain the groves.
In addition, in 2009 the company marketed its satoyama Monogatari printing paper, made of timber from forest thinning, with some of the proceeds used to support groups working to preserve satoyama . As such, this ecological paper is an environmentally sustainable contribution to the world.