Alternative materials


Favini patented the product Shiro Alga Carta and its manufacturing process – it’s a unique ecological paper produced from algal blooms. Originally, the paper was conceived as a way to use the damaging algae in the Venice Lagoon. This concept has now been extended to protect other fragile marine areas.

The process allows us to re-use pollutant material that is difficult to dispose of. We are also able to save pulp, as it is partially replaced and recycled using the algae.

The result is a unique high quality paper speckled with algae particles.

Organic residues

We also offer a wide range of ecological papers manufactured with residuals from fruit & nuts processing - citrus fruits, corn, kiwi, olive, almond, hazelnut, lavender, cherries and coffee.

So, if you have a particular material in mind, let us know and we’ll give it a try!
Follow Barilla’s example: their bran became paper! Read about CartaCrusca (the Italian name for ‘bran paper’) case history: click here.

Besides customized ecological project, we offer you our standard range of innovative paper made from process residues from organic products: Crush!
Our eco-friendly Crush is FSC certified, GMO free, contains 30% post-consumer recycled waste, is produced with 100% green energy and saves 15% of virgin tree pulp.
By using these by-products and 100% green energy the carbon footprint is reduced by 20%.
The production process and the product are protected by European patent.

Renewable annual crops

Our range of ecological papers includes Shiro Tree Free - a paper manufactured with fibres from renewable annual crops such as bamboo, cotton linters and bagasse (from sugar cane crushing).

This paper has no FSC certification because it doesn’t include any forest material.

Pre and post consumer waste

We use post-consumer waste previously de-inked as well as pulp from well-managed and controlled forests. Our care for the environment is demonstrated by our choice of FSC certified de-inked pulps - Shiro Echo contains 100% post consumer recycled waste.

We also use pre consumer waste, such as the edgings and other wastes from the manufacture and converting processes which are sorted for reuse in our colour cycles.


Favini presents a new paper containing traditional tree fibres and includes fibres from leather industrial processes and tanneries: Remake. It continues and expands the upcycling use of waste materials by Favini. This comes in the wake of seaweed use for the production of Alga Carta and most recently the use of organic residues from agro-industrial processing for Crush. In recent years Favini has undertaken the research and development to use alternative materials (by-products) coming from different industrial sectors.

The new frontier of upcycling in the paper sector has generated a new paper called Remake, this unique and innovative paper contains 25% leather residues to replace the same amount of wood tree pulp.
The new paper, made with both vegetable fibres and collagen fibres, is an example of upcycling. The shavings and offcuts of leather processing from low-value product partially disposed to landfill, are now used to produce a new high quality paper for luxury printing and packaging.

Generally the leather process residues are absorbed by the fertilizer industry and partly destined for landfill disposal or used to obtain regenerated (bonded) leather. Bonded leather is made via a process that involves the use of synthetic or natural latex creating a durable product, but is neither recyclable nor compostable.
Upcycling this waste in the production of paper, we can create the product REMAKE which is both 100% recyclable and compostable, perfectly printable and convertible as an excellent quality paper. Leather residues are visible on the surface and give a distinctive look with an amazing soft and velvety touch.
Additional to the 25% of fibre from processing leather‘s by-products, the paper is composed of 30%  post-consumer recycled fibres FSC-certified and 45% Virgin wood pulp fibres certified FSC.

For the production of Remake, by-products of leather are all sourced from traceable Italian origin ensuring the use of vegetable tanning and are free from chromium and other metals.