Corn to Paper, Incredibly Advanced Crush Papers

Corn to Paper, Incredibly Advanced Crush Papers

A story to share! From cornfields to Crush White Corn paper. This eco-friendly paper manufactured and developed by Favini, and supplied to the North American market by, has perfectly hit the mark for supporting a circular economy and producing our world with sustainable growth.

Crush, more than recycled paper

Crush paper is made with thoughtfulness and care for our environment – using a process that is eco-friendly and far more advanced than the traditional recycling processes.

It follows the principals of the “circular economy” within an ethical chain, using natural products from the agri-industrial sectors. These by-products are recovered and used to produce high quality and eco-sustainable paper.

The corn cultivation results in by-products forming various solutions, including excellent re-use features:

  • As corn kernels or mostly grain that has industrial processing for food such as cornflakes, popcorn, corn flour, corn oil.
  • To fabricate biodegradable plastics.
  • As starch
  • Energy use
  • The raw material for animal fodder
  • Industrial applications, the base for the production of absorption granules for friction finishing and sandblasting
  • As pet litter
  • Substrate for horticulture
  • Also used in cosmetics to absorb perfumes and essences.

Corn is one of the most imported cereals in the world and is widely cultivated both in tropical and temperate regions. The indigenous people of Mexico cultivated it about 10,000 years ago, and thanks to Christopher Columbus, corn arrived in Europe. During the first decades of the sixteenth century, it spread from the Iberian Peninsula across Southern France into Northern Italy and the Balkans.

“Crush Story: from Corn Crop to Crush Paper.” Favini, April 20, 2019.

Corn, amongst all the agricultural products, has been able to adapt to different agronomic environments. A product demonstrated to be an invaluable source for direct use as well as industrial processing.

To best explain the journey of this indelible eco concept, we start in the fields. From planting to sowing, watering, and cultivating, the cobs then harvested in the summertime. Once harvested, they are then dried and shelled.

At this point, Favini steps forward, using the residues from corncob and elevating them from a waste material into valuable raw materials for the production of high-quality ecological papers following the principles of a circular economy.

Crush Corn has been created as the first paper to be made with by-products taken from the agri-industrial processing of corn. It is used to substitute up to 15% of tree cellulose. In addition to the by-product of corn, we also use the process residue from grape, lavender, citrus, cherry, olive, coffee, kiwi, hazelnut, and almond.

“Crush Story: from Corn Crop to Crush Paper.” Favini, April 20, 2019.

The beauty of this approach is that the process is one of re-use and up-cycle. The Crush paper line, made from re-using micronized corncob residues, is recyclable. Therefore, the life cycle of packaging, catalogs, notebooks, invitations, and creative projects will continue in successive production according to a circular economy model. 

Already having caught the eye of many large companies, Crush is currently used for packaging, notebooks, brochures, corporate identities, and countless successful creative applications. Once these applications have served their cycle, they can be recycled to produce other papers. Confidently set up with a very circular, long-lasting life. 

Crush papers

Crush is an eco-friendly range of papers by Favini, made by replacing up to 15% of virgin tree pulp with the process residues of organic products.

Crush paper includes by-products from citrus fruits, grapes, cherries, lavender, corn, olives, coffee, kiwi fruit, hazelnuts, and almonds. These natural raw materials are saved from landfills and used to make these distinctive and vivid papers.


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