Toilet paper from cardboard drink recipients
Van Houtum (The Netherlands) produces hygiene paper products from used paper. They now developed a device to clean and preprocess cardboard drink recipients which can then be used in their paper making process. The device, called omnipulper, is based on existing technologies that have been optimized and does not use chemicals for cleaning. They partnered with SUEZ who collects and separates this type of waste. After two years of developments they produced the first batch of toilet paper that contains 25% of drink carton based fibres (Tetra-pack). Van Houtum plans to process 12 000 ton of this waste this year, which is half of the capacity of the device.