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Report - Robert Fletcher's Paper Mill, Greenfield, Jan '11

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by KooK, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. KooK

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    Part 2 of a trio of win! Explored with jST and Lauren (off-forum)

    After a early (*ahem* late) start to the morning and ticking off an initial win, we headed over here had a great explore then rounded of the day of win with some awesome pies in Uppermill. Unfortunately marred somewhat after stopping by Dalton to check out the extent of the damage caused by the recent fire.

    Anyhoo;

    Robert Fletcher has produced paper since 1823 but in 1986, the company became part of the Melton Medes group. As non-UK sales represented up to 45% of the company's annual 20,000 tonnes output, the strength of the pound hit hard.

    Greenfield Mill was one of two mills operated by Robert Fletcher & Son Ltd, for the manufacture of lightweight high opacity paper bible and cigarette paper. It closed in July 2001, following the closure of the company’s Stoneclough site the previous year.

    The type of paper they produced has become quite unpopular in the UK due to the amount of chemicals (especially chlorine) used in its production as Europe moves towards TCF (totally-chlorine free) or ECF (elemental-chlorine free) production.

    Having just read the chapter in The Story of Stuff on paper production I was astounded by the amount of chemicals used in the process and recognised quite a few of the chemicals labelled up.

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    Thanks for looking :D
     
    #1 KooK, Jan 3, 2011
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