26 April 2022

Watch: The Economic Botany Collection — Bamboo paper

Discover the world of experimental papermaking with expert Frankie Kubicki.

By Grace Brewer


Did you know you can make paper from bananas, palm leaves, rice, and bamboo? 

You may be familiar with bamboo as a panda’s favourite snack, or a sustainable material commonly found in re-usable straws. But it was also once used as an alternative paper-making material in the western world.  

In the 1840s there were paper shortages in Europe, so papermaker Thomas Routledge began investigating alternative materials, including bamboo – a papermaking resource that has been used in South Asia and East Asia for thousands of years. 

Uncover his journey from fibre to fruition with PhD candidate Frankie Kubicki. 

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