Bannetons (dough rising baskets) have been used for nearly two centuries. Our company was founded in 1847. The first bannetons were made of straw. Later on the straw was replaced by more stable cane which is partly still used today.Cane is made of the stem of a twiner palm which is growing mainly in Indonesian rainforest. So for environmental reasons (but not only for this) wood pulp is a much more "green" material for manufacturing bannetons because it is made on fresh wood of spruce which is growing here.
What is wood pulp exactly?
We are producing wood pulp bannetons since 1920. We are using 100% natural pulp from environmental friendly sources only which is free from any chemicals. This wood pulp is produced by pressing fresh wood on rotating stone rollers. Pulp itself are long parallel fibers of cellulose. Lignin which is part of natural wood is still part of this material as a kind of natural "glue". Maybe you can find a yellow - brown color at surface of your banneton. This is caused by presence of Lignin which can change color during drying process or at sunlight. Thus it is a proof of freshness and quality of used pulp.
How do we manufacture pulp bannetons?
For manufacturing of wood pulp bannetons we are using a mixture pulp with water. For each banneton type we have a special tool. We put pulp inside and squeeze the water out under very high pressure. During drying process cellulose fibers are building a strong connection which is responsible for mechanical stability of our bannetons. After drying edges of bannetons will be polished and after this process bannetons are ready for shipment.