A review of G.F. Smith's recycled paper 'Extract'
by Leah Abraham
We use 4,861 disposable cups per minute in the UK. That equates to 7 million cups used in one day. Averaging out as 2.5 billion cups thrown away every year. To try and find ways to tackle this, British paper-maker G.F. Smith have released their recycled paper Extract.
From Cup to Paper - A dynamic combination of chemistry and artistry transforms disposable cups into beautiful paper.
From disposable cup to beautiful paper, the pioneering paper brand are taking 90% of their waste from each disposable cup, and converting back into FSC certified paper. Partnering with James Cropper’s Cupcycling™, has enabled a unique collaboration between us as consumers, the recycler and the paper maker.
90% of the coffee cup which is paper is recycled. The remaining 10% plastic is then up-cycled.
Every sheet of their Extract paper is composed from at least 5 up-cycled coffee cups. Creating paper with a superior quality makes it suitable for multiple uses. Extract can be printed on, using digital printing technology that minimizes ink waste too.
And it’s not just Extract, that demonstrates G.F. Smith’s commitment to sustainability; the brand have long adopted an Exact Sheet Policy - meaning that all their paper can be ordered to an exact size, up to a single digit.
“We believe Extract will kickstart new conversations within the paper industry and help continue to challenge it”
John Haslam - Joint managing director G.F. Smith
Extract comes in a range of 10 different colours: From Aqua, to Coral, Flint to Moon, Mustard to Pitch.
More info can be found at Extract, where you can also order paper samples.