James Cropper develops plant-based paper dyes for a new range

Dolores Damade

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James Cropper develops plant-based paper dyes for a new range

UK-based papermaker James Cropper is launching Wainwright Colours from Nature, a range featuring plant-based dyes derived from rosemary residue. The collection comprises two shades - Limestone and Herdwick Brown, made from 100% recycled fiber.

In a bid to support a more circular economy in its production, James Cropper is rolling out a new 100% FSC recycled paper range whose colors are derived from plant-based dyes. The two paper shades, dubbed Limestone and Herdwick Brown, come from the renewable, non-edible rosemary production waste which would otherwise be destroyed. And more renewable sources are in the pipeline, says the supplier: “We are investigating botanical dyes extracted from a wide variety of origins including plants, shells and fungi; we expect the range to expand significantly,” explains Joanne Storey, the supplier’s R&D Programme Lead.

The collection, Wainwright Colours From Nature, is destined mainly for packaging and publishing sectors due to its “bleed-free, rub resistant dye”. The company says the range is biodegradable,but encourages its users to recycle to give the paper fibers a second life.

The range, developed to commemorate a partnership with The Wainwright Prize, an annual literary award for the best UK-based nature writing, is available in 350gsm and can be printed or decorated using techniques including flexography, silkscreening or foiling.

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