Paper from our Echosystem
From the 90s onwards, our R&D department has been dedicated to developing papers that respect the principles of the circular economy, combining the concepts of sustainability and innovation.
Over the years this process has been improved and refined, making it possible to create a very wide range of the most ecological papers. Our portfolio has a lot of further papers with eco credentials, but here we gathered the best in class under the umbrella brand “Paper from our Echosystem”.
Paper from our Echosystem contain 40% to 100% PCW (post-consumer waste) and / or pre-consumer fibre. Alternatively, and in the case of some ranges additionally, they contain eco-innovative raw materials, such as annual crops or up-cycled waste fibres. Explore all their features to find out more!
Alga Carta is the paper that lets the mind travel; evoking the salty sea thanks to its content of marine seaweed.
Since the 90’s it has inspired and provoked interest; Alga Carta is the paper created from the seaweed that plagued the fragile ecosystem of the Venice Lagoon. Even today, the same method is used for the creative reuse – upcycling – of overabundant seaweed from marine environments in other parts of the world.
Alga Carta respects all the principles of Paper from our Echosystem: it is recyclable, biodegradable, FSC™ certified and uses EKOenergy.
Furthermore, any unavoidable residual emissions have been offset.
Alternatively or in addition to recycled fibre content, we make our Paper from our Echosystem by upcycling materials such as textile or agro-industrial waste as well as alternative annual fibres such as bamboo. We can count on over 30 years of experience in the upcycling of fruit and nut waste, cotton and wool, as well as leather goods … and our research still continues! It doesn’t stop here: Explore all the other features.
Paper from our Echosystem collection is produced exclusively with 100% renewable energy. Alga Carta, Crush, Refit, Remake and Tree Free use certified self-produced hydroelectric power, EKOenergy. Whilst Shiro Echo, on the other hand, is made with 100% ENEL Energia, produced with alternative energy sources such as hydropower, solar power, wind power and geothermal energy. Continue to explore some more!
Paper from our Echosystem has zero impact, thanks to the offsetting of any unavoidable CO2 emissions. In addition to adopting better structural processes in order to lower our environmental impact, we offset any residual emissions of this ecological collection by purchasing carbon credits and joining specific environmental projects. Discover more!
We produce Paper from our Echosystem in plants where the production process is monitored to reduce water and energy consumption and CO2 emissions. This ensures a focus on continuous improvement and an ever lower environmental impact. Keep exploring!
Paper from our Echosystem papers are FSC™ certified. In addition to using sustainable resources and residues as raw materials, the end of life for this collection also respects the principles of ecology. These papers are recyclable and also biodegradable. This means that they do not negatively impact the environment if they are accidentally placed in the wrong waste collection. But please avoid this and help us share our recommendation to recycle paper.
Paper made without using trees exists! Tree Free is made entirely from alternative fibres from annual crops. Tree Free comprises 75% bamboo, a fast-growing grass; and 25% cotton linters, a pre-consumer waste from the textile industry. Tree Free respects all the principles of Paper from our Echosystem: it is recyclable, biodegradable, FSC™ certified, and uses EKOenergy. Furthermore, any unavoidable residual emissions have been offset.
100% recycled and high quality paper, with Shiro Echo it is possible! Restrained and elegant colours, plus two shades of white with a natural textured finish. Its superior technical characteristics make it ideal for sustainable print and ecological packaging. Shiro Echo respects all the principles of Paper from our Echosystem: it is recyclable, biodegradable, FSC™ Recycled certified and uses 100% ENEL Energia. Furthermore, any unavoidable residual emissions have been offset.
Citrus, cocoa, coconut grapes, cherries, lavender, corn, olives, coffee, kiwi, hazelnuts and almonds … all sound like the ingredients of a dessert but instead for us they are the ingredients for paper! Crush is the range made with by-products of agro-industrial processes that replace up to 15% of cellulose from trees. At the same time we give new life to these residues and we create exceptional papers with a pleasing tactile aspect. Crush respects all the principles of Paper from our Echosystem: it is recyclable, biodegradable, FSC™ certified, contains 40% PCW and uses EKOenergy. Furthermore, any unavoidable residual emissions have been offset.
Inspired by fashion industry, Remake contains 25% leather goods process residues. The leather residues are visible and are distributed randomly on the surface giving a natural and distinctive appearance. Remake will surprise you to the touch thanks to its soft and velvety feel. Remake respects all the principles of Paper from our Echosystem: it is recyclable, biodegradable, FSC™ certified, contains 40% PCW and uses EKOenergy. Furthermore, any unavoidable residual emissions have been offset.
A wool sweater or a cool cotton t-shirt, this is what Refit brings to mind! The residues from the textile production of wool and cotton, often gathered as waste on the side of the machinery, are upcycled to produce Refit. Refit Wool has a characteristic surface lint that contrasts with the dark colours of the paper, whilst Refit Cotton conveys the emotion of “fresh laundry”. Refit respects all the principles of Paper from our Echosystem: it is recyclable, biodegradable, FSC™ certified, contains 40% PCW and uses EKOenergy. Furthermore, any unavoidable residual emissions have been offset.
Eco-innovative raw materials
Paper from our Echosystem are made with eco-innovative raw materials:
- Recycled paper fibers from 40 to 100%
- Upcycled materials for creative reuse such as textile or agro-industrial waste
- Alternative fibre sources to tree pulp, such as bamboo
We select at least 40% post consumer waste or FSC™ Recycled certification for a 100% recycled solution. Alternative or in combination, we use innovative fibers from upcycling process of other industries: seaweeds, fruit and nuts, leather and textile. We explore also other alternatives to tree pulp, like the fast growing bamboo.
About Upcycling in Favini
Upcycling is a key element in Favini’s history. The first paper created from the upcycling principle was Alga Carta. This paper, patented by Favini in the ’90s uses the damaging algae of the Venice Lagoon. The next step in this direction was the launch, in 2012, of Crush, the innovative range of ecological papers made with residues from agro-industrial processing of corn, citrus, kiwi, olive, almond, hazelnut, coffee, lavender, cherry, cacao, grape, used to substitute up to 15% of tree cellulose. At the end of 2015 we launched Remake, a paper that includes 25% leather by-products and in 2019 we developed Refit, the innovative sustainable material that is inspired by the world of fashion and includes fibres 15% from industrial yarn and textile processing. What’s next? Our laboratories are always working on new ecological paper!
We do our best for monitoring and reducing the CO2 emissions, and for the collection Paper from our Echosystem we do even more!
The unavoidable CO2 emissions generated by Paper from our Echosystem are fully offset thanks to Carbon Credits acquired by Favini to finance activities that can absorb CO2 in the atmosphere. Thanks to our partner AzzeroCO2, we support UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with a specific project.
100% Renewable energy
Paper from our Echosystem is manufactures with electrical energy from renewable sources. Favini self-produces electricity by taking advantage of a waterway close to our Crusinallo facility thanks to hydroelectric plants.
This quantity of energy is reallocated for the production of Crush, Remake, Refit, Tree Free and Alga Carta. The only exception is Shiro Echo, that is still manufactured with renewable energy. But this one is coming from alternative energy sources such as hydropower, solar power, wind power and geothermal energy and certified 100% Enel Energia by a system of “Guarantees of Origin” managed by the power service provider, pursuant to EU Directive 2009/28/CE.
100% recyclable and biodegradable
Paper from our Echosystem means FSC ™ certified, recyclability and biodegradability We strongly recommend correctly recycling our Paper from our Echosystem (as well as all the paper). They can provide new precious fibers for producing recycled paper.
Paper from our Echosystem is also biodegradable. That means that not negatively affect the environment in case, accidentally, they are lost. But please avoid it and help us to share our recommendation to recycle in the paper loop.
Paper from our Echosystem is produced in Favini, where the attention to environment is a priority and general production process is monitored and constantly improved.
Read more about our efforts in reducing:
- Co2 emissions
|Main feature||Look & feel||
|Renewable energy||Carbon neutral||Recyclability & Biodegradability||FSC||Process innovation*|
|Alga Carta||10% seaweed||seaweeds are visible on surface, with your sixth sense you feel the sea!||
|Crush||15% agro-industrial waste||the micronized fruits and nuts give a special look and tactile effect||
|Remake||25% leather wastes||the leather fibers make the paper soft like leather||
|Refit||15% textile by-products||Wool version is so hairy and Cotton one has a crisp laundry feel||
|Shiro Echo||100% recycled fibers||the highest quality for recycled paper, for demanding needs||
|100% Enel Energia||yes||yes||Recycled||yes|
|Tree Free||75% bamboo 25% cotton linters||smooth and fresh surface, pleasant to the touch and nice with planet||
* (CO2, water and energy monitored)
EKOenergy is an eco-label assurring that the electricity used for specifically nominated products (Crush, Remake, Refit, Tree Free and Alga Carta) comes from renewable sources.
The emissions generated by eco-friendly papers Crush, Remake, Refit, Shiro Echo, Tree Free and Alga Carta, part of ‘Paper from our Echosystem’ collection, are fully offset by Carbon Credits that we acquire to finance activities that can absorb CO2 in the atmosphere.
The credits are generated from a CDM project, a United Nations carbon offset scheme.
The FSC™ trademark guarantees that the entire supply chain comes from an environmentally, socially and economically responsible management of the world’s forests.
Shiro Echo, the 100% recycled paper, is certified 100% Enel Energia as it is manufactured with renewable energy produced using alternative energy sources such as hydropower, solar power, wind power and geothermal energy, as certified by the “Guarantees of Origin” of the power service provider, pursuant to EU Directive 2009/28/CE.
These eco-papers have been developed for packaging, print and design industries, in order to offer the most ecological solutions for those brand owners that care for environment. Favini also promotes a constant dialogue with companies that want to find new uses for their by-products.
With a view to knowledge-sharing in the context of the circular economy and industrial symbiosis, Favini provides support to lessons of graphic design teachers and to university students who wish to further explore cases of sustainable innovation in their dissertations.
Favini is also a partner in projects promoting the circular economy, such as CirCO, short for Circular Coffee, which researches the possibilities of optimising use of silverskin, a waste product derived from coffee roasting.
Our business division that develop paper-based stationery for school, office and hobby, offers eco-products made with the Paper from our Echosystem: A4 reams of paper and cardboard, envelopes, high quality notebooks and customized solutions.