Circular Economy and recycling stories

23 Mar

Posted in Circular Economy, Graphic Specialities, Sustainability Channel

Favini presents some case histories of creative reuse in the paper sector from its ranges of papers created in accordance to the circular economy approach to promote good recycling practices and raise awareness about the circular economy.

Circular economy and creative reuse through the storytelling of Favini’s ecological papers

With the aim of promoting creative reuse and of the circular economy approach, as well as education of the production cycle for Favini’s ecological papers starting from upcycling processes, we have told the life cycle of each of their alternative ingredients through our blog.

The Crush Story, Remake Story and Refit Story sections were devised and are indexed in the Circular Economy area of the blog.



The Crush Story section told in 10 episodes covering the life cycles of each of the agro-industrial by-products that are used in a circular economy strategy to produce Favini’s ecological paper Crush.

Starting with orange, we have uncovered the stories of the ten ingredients of Crush – citrus, coffee, lavender, cherry, corn, grape, almond and hazelnut, kiwi, olive – as well as to the bespoke project Crush Barley, up until the production of Crush paper, emanating from an industrial symbiosis between the paper and agro-industrial sectors.

The articles telling the life cycle of the alternative ingredients of the ecological paper Crush are collated in the “Circular Economy” section of the blog.


Discover the circular economy case histories, how Favini, thanks to its creative reuse of agro-industrial by-products, produce the high quality ecological paper Crush:



After presenting the life cycle of the alternative ingredients of the ecological paper Crush, we have revealed how a new innovative and eco-sustainable product is made from the by-products of another industrial chain, the leather industry: Favini’s paper Remake.

Starting from the processing of leather for bag and clothing accessory production, we traced the stages of leather processing and of its by-products – scraps and shavings – up to the production of the ecological paper Remake.

Remake is Favini’s paper derived from upcycling of leather processing by-products according to a circular economy rationale.

Thanks to an industrial symbiosis between the paper and leather industry, leather processing by-products become a new raw material for the production of Remake paper, according to the philosophy of creative reuse in a circular economy.

Discover more in the article: From the manufacturing of leather into Remake.


The latest product created and developed by Favini according to the philosophy of creative reuse within a circular economy is the ecological paper Refit.

Generated from an industrial symbiosis between the paper and textile industries, Refit is produced with 15% wool and cotton textile residues. The by-products from carding and spinning of wool give life to Refit Wool, while the residues deriving from the weaving and spinning of cotton give life to Refit Cotton.

The life cycle of wool from the manufacturing processing to the ecological paper Refit Wool was explained  in the article “From wool into the ecological paper Refit Wool”.

Upcycling, circular economy and industrial symbiosis: definitions and examples

For many years in Favini we have chosen to follow the path of sustainability and to produce paper in an environmentally friendly way according to a circular economy, creative reuse and industrial symbiosis approach. These principles have pushed the company over the years to seek alternative solutions to use by-products as precious raw materials for the production of low impact ecological papers. Concrete examples are the ecological paper ranges Shiro, Crush, Remake and Refit.

Let’s understand better the meaning of the terms upcycling, circular economy and industrial symbiosis.



The word “upcycling” means using waste materials, destined to be thrown away, to create new objects of greater value than its original material. We can use also the term creative reuse. Upcycling is not synonymous with recycling, as in fact it is something that goes beyond recycling.

Discover the definition of upcycling and the case studies in the article: Upcycling is the word of the year 2019.

In the paper sector, we talk about recycled paper, meaning the material produced using cellulose fibres from paper and cardboard recycling. Whilst in the case of ecological papers from upcycling we are talking about papers obtained from the creative reuse of industrial waste from other supply chains. In the case of Favini this is meaning the use of by-products from agri-industrial, leather or textile, to respectively produce the Crush, Remake and Refit papers.



According to the definition given by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “Circular Economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.” [1]

Crush Grape is a perfect example of circular economy: the waste from wine production is recovered by Favini and used as an alternative raw material for the production of the ecological paper Crush. Click to find out more.

The circular economy is therefore a system in which all activities, starting from extraction and production, are organized in such a way that someone’s waste becomes a valued resource for someone else.



Industrial symbiosis is the process in which traditionally separate industries integrate their processes to promote competitive advantages through an exchange of material, energy, water and, in the case of Favini and its ecological papers, the by-products.

The interactions generated by the industrial symbiosis established by Favini between the paper and agro-industrial, leather and textile industrial sectors have allowed the creation of new products: the ecological papers of Crush, Remake and Refit.

One example of industrial symbiosis is Favini’s eco-sustainable paper Refit, generated from the interaction between the textile and paper industry.


Finally, find out more about our commitment to environment: data and figures about our reductions of energy and water consuption, as well as CO2 emission are available on our Sustainability Channel.





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