Paper—from rags to riches


The phrase “from rags to riches” came from rag paper. Cotton and linen rags were cut and beaten down to a pulp to make paper. The process was used for many years and probably began with natural fibers in China and the Mediterranean using plant fibers like mulberry and kozo. There are many plant fibers that can be used to make paper. If industry would encourage the use of other fibers beside wood, agriculture could create probably thousands of jobs and keep many farmers in business thereby needing fewer subsidies. Many plants are more sustainable than cotton. Weeds in fact, like milkweed, kudzu, and bittersweet vines, everyone is always trying to eradicate them. Others as well have strong fiber layers beneath the bark.



Like other industries, innovation can remain thwarted by corporations, the powers that be, regulation, politics. It’s true of paper related businesses like publishing and the book selling business. Things may be changing, or remaining, by consumer preference, books and independent stores are finding ground. It may be in some cases that a few disappeared after the crash when lenders tightened up, and the remainder absorbed the business, sustained by the folks that still want to go to a book store.  Good ideas   and creative marketing also help.

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy

  • Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
  • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
  • More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.

The Environment

  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.

The Community

  • Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
  • Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
  • More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

Help support independent presses. Help us —when you buy a book from our Website—you not only help the press, you help the author.

If you are interested in doing more to support Deerbrook Editions and its authors, visit our Fiscal Sponsor page, learn about fiscal sponsorship programs and make a tax deductible donation.


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