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How will paper be made 50 to 500 years from now?

Writing has existed for 5000 years, but not always on paper. Before paper, people wrote on anything they could find – bones, hides, or even clay. Later, a material made from plants called papyrus was used.

In 100 A.D., the Chinese made the first paper by mixing shredded rags and plant fibers. As machines were geared to make paper, rags became scarce. In the early 1700s, French scientist R.A. Ferchault de Reaumur noticed that a wasp’s nest is made from chewed up wood. By 1850, inventors developed a way to mass-produce paper from wood pulp.

Content courtesy of the Ah Ha! Discovery Deck, developed by John Cronin at the ipCapital Group to help inventors solve real-world problems.

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