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Re: [BKARTS] Warped books- Wavy pages-another perspective.

I think that all US made paper is probably Acid-Free these days, not because of our desire for long lasting books, but because of the EPA -- Environmental Protection Agency. I even heard that facial tissue, i.e. Kleenex, is acid-free.
And, I also heard that it is cheaper, in the long run, to make acid- free paper than acidic paper because of the ability to reuse the same water during production. There are many other benefits as well. This is certainly a "Win - Win" solution for everyone, not just the environment.
Someone else must know for sure?
Bill Minter

On Oct 28, 2007, at 5:16 PM, Carol Pratt wrote:

Actually, I think they do. I was told two or three years ago (or maybe more) that Scott towels are supposed to be pH neutral. I never checked, so I can't confirm this, but it was a binder- conservator who told me.

Carol Pratt

On Oct 28, 2007, at 6:37 PM, Richard Minsky wrote:

>Paper towel sheets might be more available than other absorbent materials, and using
>them in smallish numbers so as not to stress or break the spine might work.

Don't do this if you want your books to last. I did an experiment once taking acid-free paper, checking the pH with a testing pen, placing it against a wet paper towel under a board and brick (with a plastic sheet to keep the moisture from damaging the board). Checking the pH of the paper the next day, it had dropped over 2 points. This was 35 years ago, so maybe they make acid-free paper towels now ;>)



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