New “Stone Paper” reinvents paper, sustainably

Sustainability |  < 1 min. read

“Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

Looks like it might be time to update that classic kids game, because now rock IS paper, or at least we’re using rock to make paper.

And paper made of rock is super green: no trees are cut down, no water is used, and no bleach or acids are used either. Its carbon footprint is 60% less than traditional paper. And the factories where they produce it, are powered in part by solar energy.

In fact, this “stone paper” only needs two ingredients:  crushed rock (they use limestone scraps) and a high-density polyethylene* resin (HDPE).  Mush those together into pellets, heat them, flatten and roll them out and you’ve got stone paper.

Karst Stone Paper™ are the folks who make it, and here’s how they describe the result:

Stone paper is waterproof [Yes! Spill your coffee on your notes, and your excellent ideas will be just fine], it’s tear-resistant, brighter and smoother, and ink doesn’t bleed through it.  If you’re writing in pencil, you can erase without smudging or tearing the paper.  And when you’re done with it, stone paper is completely recyclable.  You can’t much get much greener than that.

So if you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly gift to give for Christmas, there are stone paper notebooks, notepads, planners, journals and sketchpads.  See the whole line-up at Karst Stone Paper™.

*Polyethylene is a polymer made from the petrochemical ethylene.  And that ethylene is made from either natural gas or oil.