Favini: Paper Made Out Of Fashion & Food Waste

Paper Made Out Of Fashion & Food Waste

Favini is an Italian high-end paper manufacturer designing and producing a range of ecological and luxury products aimed primarily at the fashion and creative industries.

The company is renowned worldwide for its sustainable and forward-thinking mindset. Over the years Favini was able to develop alternative paper-making techniques which enabled the company to reduce its environmental impact. 

Favini’s paper is produced by using elemental chlorine free pulp that comes from managed forests. To drive water efficiency in the production process, Favini have implemented a close-loop water system. As a consequence, the company was capable of reducing the amount of water required during production by 40%.

In the last decades Favini was also able to create several ranges of fine luxurious papers by embracing circularity.

In 1992 Favini patented ‘Shiro Alga Carta‘, an ecological paper made from the damaging algae of Venice’s canals, that was harming the lagoon’s fragile ecosystems. Up to this day, the company still produces this paper by using similar algae sourcing it from around the world.

A decade later Favini launched ‘Crush‘, a range of ecological papers made from the by-products of the food industry, which otherwise would be landfilled or used for animal food and fertilisers. ‘Crush’ is produced “by replacing up to 15% of virgin tree pulp with the process residues of organic products. ‘Crush’ is FSC certified, GMO free, contains 40% post-consumer recycled waste and is produced with EKOenergy, resulting in a 20% reduction in carbon footprint”. The range of papers are made by using the residues from agro-industrial waste of corn, citrus, kiwi, olive, almond, halzenut, coffee, lavender and grape.

In 2013 Favini, in collaboration with Barilla, created ‘Carta Crusca‘, a paper made by recovering the bran residues from the milling of Barilla wheat, that no longer was fit for food consumption. ‘Carta Crusca’ contains 17% of bran residues which replace cellulose fibres.

Box Academia Barilla – ‘Carta Crusca

Two years later in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot, Favini created ‘Naturally Clicquot 3‘ a unique paper using the by-products of the champagne production. The produced ecological paper saved 25% of cellulose fibre.

Box Naturally Clicquot 3 – ‘Crush

In the same year, Favini launched ‘Remake‘, a paper made from “25% leather by-products, 40% of post-consumer FSC certified recycled fibre and 35% virgin FSC certified fibre”. Favini defined ‘Remake’ as “100% recyclable and biodegradable, and perfectly suited to luxury printing and packaging”. Also Favini affirms that “the leather residues remain visible to the surface giving a distinctive and surprisingly velvety tactile effect”.

The last paper innovation was launched in 2019. ‘Refit‘ is a sustainable paper made from the residues of the wool and cotton textile industries which “ includes fibres from industrial yarn and textile processing”. The paper is made from “more than 15% fibre derived from textile by-products, 40% post-consumer recycled cellulose that is certified FSC®, and 45% virgin cellulose fibres also FSC® certified”. It is “100% recyclable and biodegradable”.

All images courtesy of Favini.

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