Cost-effective production of handmade paper through recycling of shredded currency waste of Reserve Bank of India

With the growing demand of handmade paper both in the domestic and export markets, the Indian handmade paper industry has been confronting with the major issue of scarce availability and cost prohibitiveness of the cotton hosiery waste, the traditionally used principal raw material for making handmade paper. As a result of the exhaustive R&D work carried out at Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, various ligno-cellulosic raw materials available as waste biomass in different parts of the country and the recycled waste paper particularly the shredded currency waste of Reserve Bank of India has been found to be very good and cost effective raw material for making good quality handmade paper.