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The History of Paper

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The history of paper

Writing, writing. We keep writing. We always have. And despite digitization, we still pick up our pen regularly. Just as well, because writing by hand has many advantages.

In this blog you will read:

  • The invention of paper
  • The development of paper
  • The new writing revolution with Bambook

Today we go ... back in time!

How did paper come into existence?
stone
01
Chiselled by hand

Stone

From the caveman to the Greek philosopher, they all wrote on a stone or other hard objects.

Nice thought, but... It was hard to carry around, labor-intensive and heavy.

paper
02
A clever substance

Paper

The Egyptians made the first paper from the papyrus plant. Until about 1800, the composition of paper developed.

Then the properties of paper seemed almost perfect. It was light, foldable and easy to file.

More and more people began to use paper and the industry scaled up. Still, there was a downside. Paper production caused deforestation, pollutants in the environment and a lot of CO2 emissions.

Bambook
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Erasable writing

Bambook

Four millennials from Ede came up with Bambook: an endlessly reusable notebook.

With the same fine qualities as paper, but extra smart for you and the planet.

Who invented paper?

The Egyptians are the original inventors of paper. They used the reeds of the papyrus plant that grows mostly along marshes and rivers.

Cutting the stems lengthwise created writing surfaces that were glued together with sticky plant sap.

Unlike clay brick, papyrus could be easily rolled up and transported. Nice and easy!

 

This is papyrus

From papyrus to parchment

When Egypt could no longer handle Europe's high demand for papyrus and became unaffordable, Europe developed parchment; made from animal skins. These skins were cut into thin strips creating slices. On this you could write with a quill pen or a reed pen and some ink.

Parchment was a lot more moisture-resistant than the fragile papyrus scrolls. Paper as we know it today still most closely resembles a mixture of bamboo reed paper mulch and silk waste that was made into mush in ancient China. This was invented by Cai Lun.

It remained a kept secret for a long time until Arabs took Chinese papermakers into captivity and thus copied the art of papermaking.

Perkament

Paper as we know it today still most closely resembles a mixture of bamboo reed, paper mulch and silk waste that was made into mush in ancient China. The history of paper started when it was first invented by Cai Lun.

It remained a kept secret for a long time until Arabs took Chinese papermakers into captivity and thus copied the art of papermaking.

One-time use

To this day, people continue to experiment with the composition of raw materials to make paper. For example, from recycled paper fibers or from agricultural waste. However, the core properties of paper have always remained the same; light, foldable and rollable but also... to be used only once.

Time for the next chapter!

Although the development of paper has more or less stood still since around 1800, the actual use of paper has increased tremendously. Today in 2023, the paper industry is one of the industries most rapidly becoming sustainable. Since 1990, the paper industry has reduced its CO2 emissions by 40%.

So let's be clear: at Bambook, we're not against paper... we're for reusing it. Because it can be done much smarter!

Reuse your notebook

Bambook: paper's upgrade.

And if it can be done smarter, why miss the opportunity? So we thought. We keep the positive properties - and upgrade paper with the property of being endlessly reusable. Because with Bambook:

  1. Reuse your notebook
  2. No new raw materials are consumed
  3. And you save the whole production process for a new notebook

Stone. Paper. Bambook.

Isn't it time for an upgrade? Join the writing revolution!

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