Groundwood-free paper

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An indicative term that the paper contains no mechanically groundwood pulp. Paper made with only chemical pulp has longer fibers, is stronger and contains less lignin. In Britain, a woodfree paper may contain up to 10% mechanical pulp and 1% lignin. In the U.S., groundwood-free paper contains less that 5% mechanical pulp.

Synonyms and Related Terms

woodfree; chemical pulp


  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Silvie Turner, Which Paper?, Design Press, New York, 1991

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