Idea #5,704 to save newspapers: Newsprint made from recycled human waste

Israel 2.0 | Treehugger

Israeli company Applied Clean Tech says it has developed a process that recycles "the cellulose in sludge" into paper. That cellulose can be found in used toilet paper, among, well, other substances found in wastewater.

In Israel, Stephen Messenger writes, "sewage-sourced pulp from Applied Clean Tech has been boldly used ... to create one of the few paper products a person might place in their mouths -- envelopes."

Forget the Postal Service -- that business is dead. Could this help save newspapers, which it seems are continually dealing with the rising cost of newsprint? I've contacted Applied Clean Tech to see whether its innovation could be used to create newsprint, perhaps at a lower price.

The Washington Post Co., for instance, has committed to "using post-consumer recycled fiber from all of our newsprint suppliers," and there is arguably no substance more post-consumer than the raw materials Applied Clean Tech is harvesting.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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