Wednesday, 11 May 2016

New SHIRO swatch

Most readers will know of our lovely range of ecological papers from Favini called SHIRO. Favini is a paper manufacturer based in Italy with mills in Vicenza near the city of Venice and at Crusinallo. They have taken a lead in the utlisation of non wood pulps since the early 1990’s and they are the manufacturers of the SHIRO range.

Favini - Crusinallo Paper Mill
The complex issues of ecology and the environment have assumed an overwhelming importance for Favini over the last few years influencing manufacturing, quality and product development policies.

The mill is pictured above and the paper machine is pictured below.
One of the paper machines at Favini
Favini is the mill that has also developed Crush which you'll have read about on this blog previously. We now have some spanky new Shiro swatches (pictured below) - SHIRO is a range of environmentally friendly papers that is produced using carbon neutral electrical energy. It’s a total eco solution containing three different ranges each unique within their own environmental values.   
The range is ideal for businesses with strong environmental policies and combines the very best paper-making innovation using renewable non-tree biomass, recycled waste and carbon neutral electrical energy. There are three papers in the SHIRO range:
Alga Carta – Tree Free – Echo Recycled

SHIRO - Alga Carta
Alga Carta is a paper manufactured using polluting alga harvested from the Venice lagoon, combined with FSC certified fibres. Algae blooms at the end of Summer in the Venice lagoon as the warm water combines with pollution. The algae must be harvested to maintain the lagoon's eco-balance (circa 5,000 tonnes of wet algae is removed annually). The algae (seaweed) is used partly as pulp replacement but mainly as a filler and this accounts for its unusual smooth feel and the random specks.

SHIRO - Tree Free
Tree Free is a naturally different paper that uses fibres from annual plants such as bamboo, cotton or bagasse – it is made with 100% non-tree fibres – it is a naturally different paper – no trees!

SHIRO – Echo ...100% Recycled
Echo is the highest quality bright white and natural recycled paper. It’s made from 100% Post Consumer Waste (PCW) and carries FSC accreditation. There are two shades, a bright White and a Natural and the weight range is from 80gsm up to 300gsm. I have recently posted a beautiful job for Primark and the Guardian News & Media Sustainability Reports on this blog.
If you would like one of the current swatches, please drop me an e-mail:

Posted by Justin Hobson 11.05.2016

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