Why is most recycled paper brown in color?



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    paper is made from wood fibers, which are naturally brown or yellowish in color.  During the recycling process (explained here: http://www.all-recycling-facts.com/paper-recycling-process.html), all of the chemicals and inks are removed from the paper, leaving just the wood fibers behind, which result in brown paper.  In order to obtain white paper, chlorine is used.  For more information on that process, check out this site: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/paper/chlorinefree/default.htm

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    Who says it is? There is far more white paper, and probaby far more white paper, or newsprint (which is not brown) which is recycled.

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