Handmade Paper FAQs2023-09-15T15:33:26+05:30

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what is coffee husk paper2020-08-19T17:58:05+05:30

what is coffee husk paper

Coffee husk paper is unique to Bluecatpaper. Coffee husk paper is made from the residue of coffee beans once pulping is done. The pulp offers a fabulous texture on the paper. The coffee husk is combined with white cotton rags. There are 2 types of coffee husk paper where the pulp is embedded, second where the husk is dried and forms an uneven texture. both papers are eco friendly and 100% tree-free and sustainable

How do you make flax paper?2020-04-18T11:32:06+05:30

Flax fiber needs to be soaked in water for a day or two. Then begins the cooking and cleaning process. Once the paper is made, it needs to be put in between sheets to dry, hanging flax paper makes it wrinkle and warp making it difficult to smoothen. Once the paper is dry it can be calendared, and used for various purposes such as gift wraps, cards, journals etc

What does a flax paper look like?2020-04-18T11:29:16+05:30

Flax paper is almost translucent, strong and has a light brown colour. The colour can be lightened by leach. The paper is perfect for screen printing and offset printing. the paper can be turned into bags and lights. Once you bleach flax, it is perfect to be turned into lights and crochet making as well.

What is flax paper?2020-04-18T11:28:05+05:30

Flax paper is made from flax fiber. Flax fiber contains cellulose and even though this is a stubborn fiber, it is perfectly suited to making strong paper, once the technique is mastered. Flax paper is created from decorticated flax fiber that is left over once it is turned into yarn. The natural colour is brown

what is GSM of paper? 2020-08-11T16:52:17+05:30

GSM of paper is an acronym standing for ‘Grams per Square Meter’.The higher the gsm, the thicker and heavier the paper. This allows printers and customers to understand the thickness and quality of paper that can be purchased.

How do you make rice straw paper?2020-04-18T11:24:25+05:30

Rice straw is cut into small bits. The rice straw is cooked in a large digestor. The cooked pulp is then washed and cleaned. then the beating process takes place after which papers are made. Rice straw paper is the perfect solution for stubble burning, as this could incentivise the farmers from stopping the burning of rice stubble.

Can we make paper from rice straw?2020-04-18T11:23:32+05:30

Yes, rice straw has 45% cellulose. When combined with cotton fiber the straw can be turned into strong paper. This is a perfect example fo tree- free paper.

Is tree-free paper more expensive than regular paper?2020-04-18T11:22:38+05:30

Yes, as most tree-free paper is handmade. This is due to the reason that most paper machines are tree centric and therefore not conducive, to making paper from tree-free sources. This takes time to finish paper-making and therefore takes the costs up. However the paper is so clean, so eco- friendly and sustainable that it surely is worth the price.

Save trees. Save the planet

What is corn husk?2020-04-18T11:20:48+05:30

Corn husk is the outer or protective covering of the corn cob. This is a great by product; rich in cellulose that can turn into beautiful paper. The paper  is 100% handmade, tree- free , upcycled paper and recycled

How do you make paper from corn husk?2020-08-11T09:01:50+05:30

Dried corn husk lands in the bluecat paper factory. This byproduct is then cut into bits. This process is manual and takes time. Once this is done the corn husk is lightly cooked to remove impurities and lignin. Once this process is done, the corn husk attains a beautiful golden-green colour that can now be beaten to form sheets of paper. Once the paper is dried, it is then calendared and ready for turning into products such as stationery, letterheads, visiting cards etc

What happens to corn husks?2020-04-18T11:18:17+05:30

Most Corn husks form residual waste and are fed to the cows. Dried corn husk is mostly burnt or left to decompose naturally. At bluecat paper, we have found a new way to use this residual waste by turning it into paper. This paper is ideal for gold foiling and can be used for wedding invites, visiting cards etc

Can you make paper from corn?2020-04-18T11:16:59+05:30

You can make paper from corn husk. Even though corn husk does not contain enough cellulose to make paper on its own; once you add a filler fiber such as flax or cotton rags, the resultant paper has a wonderful texture where corn husk bits are visible. these papers are 100 % sustainable

How do you make mulberry paper?2020-04-18T11:15:53+05:30

Mulberry sticks and twigs are stripped off their barks after a process called `retting.` Once the bark is stripped, it is cut into 3 inch long bits.  The bits are then cooked with soda ash to remove lignin. If necessary hydrogen peroxide is added to bleach the bark. then begins the process of beating and paper making. Mulberry forms beautiful archival as well as tissue paper

Is mulberry paper made from mulberry leaves or sticks?2020-04-18T11:14:47+05:30

Karnataka is the hub for silk products. Silk is made from silkworms mostly in Ramnagar. The silkworms are fed mulberry leaves. Therefore, plantations of mulberry are grown by the farmers to support `sericulture` as it is commonly called. However once the leaves are stripped and fed to the silkworms, the twigs or branches are chopped by farmers to allow fresh growth of leaves. This creates an abundance of waste that is normally burnt by most farmers.

At bluecatpaper, this is what we need to make mulberry paper.

Is mulberry paper archival paper?2020-04-18T11:13:11+05:30

Archival safe paper means the paper is free from chemicals that speed the deterioration process. This means that all items are free from acid, lignin, and PVC. therefore since Mulberry paper can be created acid free, it is considered a good archival paper. Cotton rag paper is also a good option for archival paper.

How is FSC paper different from tree-free paper or handmade paper2020-04-18T11:11:44+05:30

Even though FSC paper is from protected forests, they still use trees as a source of their paper making. that means forests, whether protected or not, are destroyed in the bargain. the ecosystem that supports forests is surely destroyed. Trees do not grow in a year. They need 6-8 years of growth before they are cut down for paper. Most  Fsc paper is made in paper mills using chemicals. FSc paper is made from trees and trees do not have high cellulose content. This makes the use of chemicals important as they then prevent smudging and provide easy access for printing.

On the other hand, Tree-free paper uses material that is high in cellulose, discarded by-product waste and virtually no chemicals to create paper. Tree paper is handmade and the water is easily recycled. Tree free papers sources include and are not limited to corn husk, coffee husk, banana, elephant poo, flax, mulberry, cotton rags and linen rags.

 Use of tree paper can protect FSC forests as well.

What are the uses of seed- paper?2020-04-18T11:09:35+05:30

Seed paper is unique. Seed paper is the ideal option for all single-use paper, such as gift tags and gift wraps. They are the perfect match for eco -friendly planet savers for their wedding cards and invites. Greeting cards, single use coasters are also a few options. Instead of discarding the paper after use, with seed paper you can plant the paper and grow a few plants.

Seed paper is 100% sustainable, handmade, recycled and upcycled.

Is seed paper tree- free2020-04-18T11:07:57+05:30

Seed paper need not necessarily be seed free. However, since normal tree- paper contains about 60 to 80 chemicals, the chances of decomposition of the paper and seeds germinating, is drastically reduced. Therefore, seed paper should be tree-free paper, as this is conducive for the seeds to turn into plants.

How is seed paper eco-friendly?2020-04-18T11:06:29+05:30

Seed paper is mostly made from tree free paper. Tree free paper is made from sources of mulberry, cotton rags, linen rags, banana and corn husk, that is very eco friendly. The seeds last a long time in the paper as the paper is free of chemicals. The paper also decomposes quickly enough in the soil, allowing the seeds to germinate. This makes seed paper an ideal example of being eco friendly and sustainable

How do you make seed paper?2020-04-18T11:05:14+05:30

Seed paper is lovingly made in the bluecatpaper factory in the following manner.

cotton rags, banana and linen rags are beaten to a pulp and made ready for paper making. Once we begin the paper making process, we throw in the seeds thereby lifting each sheet of paper with seeds on them.  After the paper is dried and calendared, we have seed paper with us.

What is plantable seed paper?2020-04-18T11:03:58+05:30

Plantable paper is referred to as the paper which have seeds in them. This paper can be torn into bits and planted in the soil. Upon careful nurturing the seeds germinate and grow into little plants. Carrots, basil, mustard, tomatoes are a few sturdy seeds. Plantable seed paper has no chemicals, and therefore safeguard the seed embedded on them. They are eco friendly and sustainable

How long does Seed Paper last?2020-04-18T11:02:10+05:30

The seed paper is usually made from cotton paper, lemon grass paper and flax paper. The seeds will stay embedded for a very long time. The paper itself is handmade and is very strong.       

What is seed paper ?2020-04-18T11:00:18+05:30

Seed paper is a unique kind of tree-free paper. Usually made with cotton rags, the seed are throne in during the papermaking process. This embeds the seed within the paper. As the paper easily decomposes in the soil, the seed inside begins to germinate. This is a perfect example of “save trees. grow more plants “

Does seed paper really work?2020-04-18T10:58:28+05:30

Yes, seed paper works well if you use sturdy seeds such as mustard and basil. Tear the seed paper into bits, plant it in soil and water it. The seeds should germinate in 7-10 days

Does elephant poop make paper?2020-04-15T10:51:11+05:30

Yes, you can turn elephant poo into elephant poo paper. The elephant eats a wide range of fiber. The undigested fiber is found in the poo of the elephant. The fiber is separated from the poo and disinfected and cooked.
This is a very good way of making paper. This paper can be used for stationery, wedding cards, envelopes, visiting cards and bags.

How do you make coconut paper?2020-04-15T10:49:57+05:30

Coconut paper is made from the husk of the coconut. The coconut is a very versatile fruit and every part of the coconut tree and coconut can be used for us humans. The coconut husk is the dry outer covering and is used to make paper. The husk is cooked with soda ash to remove lignin and thereafter the husk is beaten and made into paper.

do you use chemicals in eco friendly paper?2020-04-15T10:48:50+05:30

To internally size the paper we use NTBT. However, this is very similar to guar gum and is not harmful to the environment. We also use corn starch and at times talcum powder to increase the smoothness of the paper.

Is wood pulp for paper environmentally friendly?2020-04-14T20:50:59+05:30

No. Paper made from trees is damaging to the environment. Certainly, the job of a tree is not to be turned into paper. Paper can be created from other resources that a rich in cellulose. Trees help and protect planet earth and the ecosystem that it nurtures. Paper made from trees are harmful as they use over 35 different chemicals in order to turn wood pulp to paper. This is also done to enable working the printing and other purposes.

Is there any alternative to paper?2020-04-14T20:49:19+05:30

Paper is commonly used for printing, wrapping, packaging. There is no alternative to paper. However paper that is used from tree -free sources are actually a great source of clean and sustainable paper. This paper is handmade and virtually has no additives in them. They decompose quickly and reduce waste. These papers are also print-friendly. They are eco friendly and are perfect for all art lovers, students and book lovers.

Can paper be made without trees?2020-04-14T20:47:37+05:30

Most definitely. Trees are not even a good source of cellulose, which is the main ingredient of papermaking. Most trees contain around 35% cellulose and therefore need chemicals to form sheets. In comparison cotton rags, flax fiber, mulberry etc have over 80% cellulose and are ideal raw material to make into paper

What is tree free handmade paper made of?2020-04-14T20:46:05+05:30

Tree free handmade paper uses residual by-products such as textile cotton rags, linen rags, and farm waste such as lemongrass, flax, coffee, mulberry and flax. Often the farm residual waste such as banana, coffee husk, Mulberry and rice stubble is burnt by farmers causing pollution or loss of biomass. Creating tree free paper from such resources helps incentivize the framers so they may discard their waste in a way that helps the environment. 1 ton of lemongrass can make 900 kgs of paper.

What is tree free paper made of?2020-04-14T20:44:18+05:30

Tree paper does not use trees as a source for paper. Tree free paper is mostly handmade, chemical-free and is considered sustainable. Most sources of tree-free paper include lemongrass, cotton rags, linen, flax, coffee, mulberry and flax. Tree-free paper is beautiful and eco- friendly. It is 100% recycled. Upcycled and Handmade.

How many trees are cut down for paper?2020-04-14T20:42:10+05:30

Over a billion trees are cut every year. Nearly 40% of those that are cut, are used for paper.

Is tree free paper handmade?2020-04-14T20:40:53+05:30

Yes, tree-free paper is handmade, as at this point in time most paper making machines are tree centric. Therefore, the paper created from cotton rags, linen, corn husk, flax, mulberry etc is handmade.

What is the cost of handmade sheet?2020-04-14T19:36:04+05:30

handmade paper / treefree paper costs vary upwards of 25 INR for an A1 sheet. 90 GSM. 

Can you print on handmade paper?2020-04-14T19:33:21+05:30

You most certainly can print on tree-free and handmade paper. Screen printing, digital printing and offset printing are your options. For example, cotton rag paper, linen, banana and lemongrass paper are well suited for inkjet. Most of these papers are internally sized thereby enabling the paper to be printed on both sides.

What is handmade paper used for?2020-04-14T18:58:19+05:30

Handmade paper uses are very versatile. Ranging from gift wraps, envelopes, stationery. books, calendars, journals, visiting cards and wedding card invites, customers use handmade paper which is mostly tree-free due to being more eco-conscious

How do you make handmade paper?2020-04-14T18:55:20+05:30

Handmade paper is mostly made from residual by-products such as cotton rags, linen rags, lemongrass, coffee husk, flax, mulberry, corn husk etc. The pulp is hand lifted and pressed, thereafter dried. This forms a beautiful texture on the surface of the paper.

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