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Better preservation for records.

Posted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:13 pm
by JosephKemper
I had an idea to help the church better preserve its records.
Use plastic to create a paper like substance.

Plastic lasts an incredibly long time and you might even be able to use recycled plastic to create the product.

Plastic is also a very malleable substance. I have seen pillows made from recycled plastic.

So why can't make a paper like substance?
The only question is will the plastic retain its durability in the process of creating the paper like substance?

Posted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:16 pm
by russellhltn
JosephKemper wrote:I had an idea to help the church better preserve its records.


What kind of records are you thinking about? The bulk of the paper it uses goes to the shredder after a fairly short lifetime. The few long-term things I can think of tend to be stored digitally. (A whole separate topic.)

Of course that overlooks the fact that the church is unlikely to be engaging in any material science for it's needs. If someone comes up with a paper that better meets their needs, they'll buy it. But the church did not invent nor develop the pen, paper, computer, microfilm, satellites, the Internet, vBulletin or any other technologies we now enjoy.

Posted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:20 pm
by JosephKemper
There was a podcast that I had listened to off of the Mormon Channel where they interviewed some one that works in the Church's record and history department. In that interview they ended up discussing some of the difficulties that exist in preserving the Church's records, and especially the limitations of using paper because of how quickly it decomposes compared to older (and bulkier) means of keeping records.

After I heard that podcast I got to thinking and thus spawned the idea that I posted here. Plastic is supposed to take thousands of years to decompose. Whereas paper takes hundreds, at best.

Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:19 am
by tortdog
Finally a use for those Walmart bags.

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:09 pm
by russellhltn
JosephKemper wrote:In that interview they ended up discussing some of the difficulties that exist in preserving the Church's records, and especially the limitations of using paper because of how quickly it decomposes compared to older (and bulkier) means of keeping records.


I'd have to know more about the context of the situation. I'm sure the church can buy paper that suits it's needs. So for record that they know they want to keep for a long time, that's not a issue.

I suspect the real issue is that what they choose to preserve was committed to paper by someone else using whatever happened to be in the printer at the time. Things like deeds, newspapers, birth certificates, etc.