The world-first paperless stationery that’s made out of stone

The most revolutionary paper yet is waterproof, tear-resistant and saves 60 per cent on emissions - but that's just the start.

Although stone paper has been around for about a decade, no-one had released it into the commercial market - which is where Karst Stone Paper founders, Kevin Garcia and Jon Tse come in.

"Jon and I were travelling in Taiwan when we discovered this material and thought, ‘Why don’t we turn this into consumer goods?’ And more importantly, why don’t we make this into beautifully designed stationery so everyone has access to it," Kevin reveals.

And that's what they did. Since the company's launch only two years ago, Karst Stone Paper has picked up clients such as Facebook, Dermalogica, WeWork and TED talks - to name just a few, and continues to grow around the world. 

So what makes this stone paper so special? Let us fill you in.

The company produce 60 per cent less on emissions than regular paper, saving almost a tonne of carbon dioxide, and almost 3,000 litres of water.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is because none of Karst's stationery is made from paper. In fact, the stationery at Karst is made from recycled waste from the mining and construction industry. "Everything that gets thrown back into landfill, we use," Kevin says.

"We take the recycled materials and grind it down to a fine, calcium carbonate powder which is then mixed with a small portion of hdpe resin which acts as a glue," Kevin explains. "The 'glue' helps bind the particles. The material is then heated and stretched thousands of times with many rollers, eventually coming out into sheets of paper.

"The paper can be made into different thicknesses and different sizes, so we're able to turn it into notebooks. We aren’t using acids or bleaches - we use specific glues, specific printing, the whole process is new and changing."

The stone properties allows the paper to be extremely durable: with the paper being totally waterproof and tear-resistant. We even did the test: 

Not only does the stationery look beautiful, it feels luxurious. The paper is premium, silky smooth and allows the pen to glide on leaving a sense of richness. 

When you're done with your paper, you can recycle it in both streams - but Karst encourage you to pop it with the plastics, for a very cool reason: "While the paper will burn, it won't melt. It will turn back into its original calcium carbonate powder form. That powder then can be used to make more paper, or it can be used as a filler for bottles and other things. It’s a very circular process."

With just two years under their belt, Karst have already seen global success and continue to climb. "We’ve been global from day one," Jon reveals. "We have a warehouse in Sydney, Amsterdam and also LA. We’ve got about 50,000 customers around the world and have shipped probably 60-70,000 units," he adds.

And they're only just starting. "We’ve got quite big plans actually," Kevin says. "Initially we started as a stationery company, but our next direction is heading into the larger corporate markets." 

Karst products start at $18 and is available in stores around the world and through their website.

Main image credit: karststonepaper.com

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