WoW! Notebooks made from agricultural and organic waste (from tomatoes, peppers, grass, tulips, aquatic plants, onion rings from the food industry, etc.).
Worldwide 4 billion trees are cut down annually just to make paper!
But paper can easily be made tree-free without this huge impact on the environment.
A short explanation:
After harvesting tomatoes or peppers, for example, residual materials are left in the greenhouse, such as plant stems and leaves. Disposing of that waste costs money for the grower, but also represents a recycling opportunity. The stems contain substances that can be used in paint, glue and crop protection agents, for instance, but are also chock-full of fibres for paper production. The same applies to grass clippings. Previously, this was all seen purely as organic waste – now, it’s seen as a raw material.
In the tulip industry, for example, growers often have a surplus of tulip bulbs. These bulbs can be put in the blender and pulped – the pieces of the bulb are still visible in the paper!
This agricultural waste is then mixed with recycled paper (30% to 70% waste materials used in the paper- depending on which agricultural waste). The waste that we use comes from Europe and the product is made in Europe as well.
The “waste” paper inside the notebook is 80 grams. The cover is also made from recycled waste, and this is 350 grams.
Benefits of notebooks made from agricultural and organic waste:
60% less water
50% less old papier
20% lower total CO2 emissions compared to 100% FSC recycled paper
Waste is disposed of
We offer the notebooks in three different styles (see images). Orders of 25 notebooks upwards can be custom-made with your own artwork on the cover!
Other uses for waste paper:
Books, annual reports, magazines, promotional and branding materials, correspondence and mailing, decorative uses such as invitations and menus, packaging, folders, printed stationary, arts & crafts… as well as the insides of notebooks, of course!
How does it work?
To make paper, you need cellulose fibres – these occur naturally in all plants. Sometimes the process is easy; in others more complicated. But technically, a lot is already possible. In principle, you can make paper and cardboard from any vegetal material. The fibres can simply replace wood fibres. The waste is crushed and then mixed with the cellulose from FSC trees to make paper.
Make your own paper:
Do you have your own organic waste? We need 2000 kg (around 4-6 pallets) and then we can make your own paper!