Islamic papermaking is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and its rise has attracted the attention of the US and Europe.
However, the practice of using traditional wood, fabric, leather and metal components for papermaking has been banned in many countries, including the US, Canada and Israel.
The issue has attracted international attention and prompted an investigation by the US government.
Islamic papermakers are now widely practised in the United States, Canada, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
A study published in The Lancet journal on Tuesday found that Islamic paper making is becoming increasingly prevalent in the US after a five-year decline.
Researchers say the prevalence of the practice in the region is increasing in tandem with a rising trend in the prevalence and use of alternative products such as paper making and food processing.
The study was based on data from a nationwide survey conducted between 2012 and 2016 by the National Center for Health Statistics and Health Promotion Research (NCHS).
In that study, the prevalence in the states with the highest Islamic paper production was 16.7 per cent.
In contrast, the US was at 7.5 per cent and Israel was at 4.8 per cent, according to the study.
While some countries have started to adopt Islamic paper manufacturing as a substitute for traditional papermaking in recent years, many of the new states that have adopted Islamic paper are only now beginning to reach their goals for reducing paper production.
New Jersey is the first state in the country to have made the switch, according the NCHS report.
In New Jersey, the majority of Islamic paper makers are located in the New Jersey City and Newark suburbs, with an increasing number of others in suburban areas such as East Orange and West Orange, as well as the northern Hudson Valley.
New York state, which started the switch to Islamic paper in 2016, saw an increase in Islamic paper industry activity, with nearly 3,400 paper makers employing over 2,000 people in the five boroughs, according NCHs data.
However New York is not the only state to have begun the shift.
The states of Maryland and Florida, as a result of a federal court ruling in May, have also moved to ban the practice.
“This is one area where the state of New Jersey and the federal government are coming together to create a comprehensive strategy to tackle this issue,” said J. Christian Adams, president of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights group.
“They are not going to have a one-size-fits-all approach to this.
We will be working with the state and the city and the state government to develop a comprehensive solution.”
A spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that he believes that Islamic cloth is the “most effective and eco-friendly material for paper production”.
He said that the city is actively working with its state and federal partners to address the issue.
In June, New Jersey began testing a pilot program to allow Islamic paper manufacturers to apply for state certification.
The process involves applicants submitting a questionnaire, a list of criteria, and a three-year safety evaluation.
New Brunswick, the largest municipality in New Jersey at 1.4 million people, was also the first municipality in the state to allow paper production in 2017.
In April 2018, New Brunswick began issuing Islamic paper to Muslim businesses, with the aim of reducing the number of people in those businesses who work with the material.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade said in September that it is currently working with an Islamic paper-making company to evaluate whether there is a need to introduce Islamic paper as a viable alternative to traditional paper.
The ministry said that while New Zealand is not in a position to set quotas, it would be happy to work with a Muslim company to introduce its paper in New Zealand.
The move to Islamic Paper is not just happening in New York.
A new study by the New Zealand Bureau of Statistics shows that the country’s population has more than doubled in the past decade, and the number is expected to continue growing.
The report found that the population grew by 6.6 per cent in the decade ending in 2020.
A total of 786,000 New Zealanders are currently Muslim.
A report by the Bureau of Indian and Pacific Affairs found that about 50 per cent of New Zealand households are Muslim.
It also said that New Zealand was one of few countries in the developed world that has a higher proportion of Muslims than the number in the general population.
The new study found that while the proportion of New Kiwis that are Muslim has remained relatively stable since the 1970s, the proportion that identify as Christians has increased by more than 10 per cent over the same period.