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Paper replacing plastic in farming

Paper replacing plastic in farming

New end uses can still be found where the strengths of wood fiber based products could be used. One such end use recognized by researchers at VTT are the mulches used in fields. Every year 80 000 km2 of agricultural fields are covered with plastic films to prevent weed growth, control of temperature and moisture of the soil and for prevention of rain drops- and wind-induced erosion. The potential for a bio-based and biodegradable product like paper instead of plastic films seems obvious.

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