Circular Economy and recycling stories
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.
CRUSH STORY: FAVINI’S ECOLOGICAL PAPER CRUSH ORIGINATING FROM AGRO-INDUSTRIAL BY-PRODUCTS
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:
- From citrus fruit to paper
- From bean to Crush Coffee
- From flower to Crush Lavender
- From cherry tree to Crush Cherry paper
- From corn crop to Crush paper
- From vineyards to Crush Grape
- From nut kernels into Crush paper
- From kiwi fruit to the ecological paper Crush
- From olive grove to the ecological paper Crush
REMAKE STORY: BY VIRTUE OF UPCYCLING LEATHER BY-PRODUCTS, REMAKE PAPER IS CREATED
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.
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.
REFIT STORY: WHEN TEXTILE ENCOUNTERS PAPER, REFIT WOOL AND REFIT COTTON ARE CREATED
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.
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.
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.” 
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.
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.