Why we use 100% cotton paper
Cotton is grown primarily for the textile industry. For the production of textiles, the first step is a ginning process which removes seeds from the cotton plants. These seeds, a by-product of the textile producing process, are the source of the cotton linters that go to make cotton paper.
Being sourced from a recycled by-product of the textile making process, cotton paper can therefore be considered of very low environmental impact as no cotton is grown specifically to make paper. If cotton paper were not made, the linters would be a wasted by-product. Further, the environmental impact of turning cotton linters into paper is no greater than turning wood pulp into paper.
Papers made of 100% cotton are today considered the most environmentally friendly of papers. This is not an endorsement of cotton production as an environmentally friendly activity. Rather it is based on the fact that cotton linters are a by-product of the textile production process. The production of cotton paper is therefore environmentally friendly because it produces no additional environmental impact.