Greaseproof paper was first developed as a replacement for parchment by the engineer Otto Munthe Tobiesen in 1894
During the paper making process, the paper pulp is beaten hard so the fibres bond more firmly. This results in a paper of high density with a small number of pores. It is now less absorbant making it reisistant to grease, fat and oil.
Natural greaseproof paper does not have any chemical treatments or coatings. It can be recycled, composted or burnt.
Other kinds of greaseproof paper, the unnatural kind, are normal paper that has
- been coated with another material usually a fine layer of plastic or
- chemically treated with a variety of chemicals including PFCs and PFOA.
Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are a family of man-made chemicals.
- When they enter the food chain they are retained in animal tissue leading to a process called biomagnification, meaning that they are passed on up the foodchain from animal to animal and because they are stored in the body for years the amount increases exponentially as they travel up the food chain.
- Recent studies have found perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in human serum.
- You can read more about them here
Greaseproof paper of all kinds is used for wrapping butter and other fatty foodstuffs.
If You Care supply genuine greaseproof paper products. You can buy them in stores and online.
You can buy from Nigel’s Eco Store or
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Gourmet Wrap supplies to the trade, and you, if you want 400 sheets.