The global green economy is worth an eye-popping $4 trillion. In the US alone, it is estimated to generate over $1.3 trillion in revenue per year.
The green economy is broadly defined as an economy that is low-carbon, sustainable, socially inclusive, and resource-efficient.
Leading the push for the ethical use of resources in the production of paper is Favini, an Italy-based paper mill that has revolutionized the production of paper with its line of Crush Paper—paper that is produced by creatively upcycling the residue from the commercial processing of farm produce.
As frontline distributors of the Favini Brand and advocates of ecological sustainability in the production of paper, this article continues Paperpapers series on Crush Paper with a focus on how it is manufactured from the by-product given off in the agri-industrial processing of the cherry fruit.
The Cherry Story
Cherry blossoms have come to be associated with the arrival of spring in the west. But the cherry fruit originated in Asia, specifically in an area between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea; it reached Egypt around the 7th century BC from where it was taken to Greece and then to present-day Italy during the reign of the Roman Empire.
Around the world, some 4 million tonnes of sweet and sour cherries are produced annually. Turkey alone produces 20% of this total, with the United States and Russia coming close behind.
Sweet cherries are eaten as a fruit, and the sour variety is mostly used in the production of cosmetics. But the bulk of global production is used in the making of jam and jelly. The processing of cherry into preserves and fruit spreads generates two major residual materials—the cherry stalk and the cherry pit (the cherry stone removed from the fruit).
From Blossoms to Paper
While the cherry stalk found use in the preparation of herbal medicines, the cherry pit was practically useless until the Favini process found a way to convert this previously undesirable waste into raw material for the production of high-quality ecological paper. Earning a win for both the economy and the environment.
The cherry pit is micronized and added to the mix of ingredients for paper production, replacing up to 15% of tree cellulose.
A Cherry Future for Paper
The crush cherry paper can then be used in the production of various paper-based items, including luxury packaging, catalogs, labels, brand collateral, notebooks, invitations, corporate identity suites: from folders, business cards, envelopes, and the Dupont brochure, and other creative projects.
And thanks to recent advancements in recycling, the cherry crush paper, which is nearly 100% recyclable, will continue in successive production cycles according to the concept of the circular economy model that seeks to conserve energy and natural resources.
More on Crush Paper
Favini’s range of eco-friendly crush paper is made by substituting 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.
Click here to read more about Favini crush paper, the revolution in sustainable and eco-friendly manufacture of paper.