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The cotton in our papers

Cotton is the ultimate eco-friendly material used in some of our papers such as Entrada and Somerset.  In fact, the cotton used to manufacture these papers is not from the puffy white flower that we all recognize as cotton, but rather the linters, or byproduct, from the textile industry.  Textiles are made using the longest, highest-quality fibers - the rest is discarded.  This wasted cotton is salvaged and used to manufacture our cotton papers.  Nothing could be more eco-friendly than reusing a product that is considered waste - otherwise this would all end up in the trash.

More information on cotton & the environment can be found here:

Green Day

I've been fortunate to have been able to tag along with Andy Biggs this week as he gave some lectures on "Digital Printing: What Your Mother Never Told You."  One question that kept popping up is "what's the most eco-friendly paper you have?"  To me, the "greenest" papers in the Moab family are the Moenkopi papers.  They're made from mulberry (kozo) fibers that are harvested from the bark of a living mulberry tree.  The tree isn't cut down and the bark renews itself quickly.  The Moenkopi Bizan takes it one step further.  It's handmade, which means it's made with a minimal amount of electricity and is dried by the sun.

A lot of the folks around here are partial to cotton as being just as eco-friendly.  We'll get to that next time.