Monadnock Paper Mills has announced another renewable-fiber innovation, diverting waste from the landfill.
The company's Kona portfolio of packaging substrates is made with non-wood fiber from used burlap bags diverted from the landfill.
For the production of the Kona paper and board products, Monadnock has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Arch Paper and Whiting Paper.
Under a patented process, Monadnock is using reclaimed burlap and coffee bean bags into several print and packaging substrates. This product range is expected to serve retail and hospitality markets.
The company claims that the roasted shades and the multicoloured fibres add to the beauty and the natural aesthetics which is smooth to touch.
Monadnock's Kona line is comprised of stocks for hang tags, price tickets, folding boxes and wet-strength labels. The fibres, as per the company have been Forest Stewardship Council Certified and are claimed to be manufactured from carbon-neutral and Green-e certified renewable electricity.
Monadnock chairman and CEO Richard Verney said: "We have expanded the Envi Portfolio of products through our partnership with Whiting and Arch.
"As consumers become more eco-conscious with a desire to divert packaging materials from the waste stream, the timing is perfect for the addition of Kona to the Envi line."
According to Monadnock Paper Mills, last year about 24.6 million coffee bean bags were imported into the US. Some of tosee bags have been repurposed for crafts or storage but a majority of them are claimed to be going into the landfill.
By using such bags which have natural fibres to produce packaging material can clearly demonstrate the company’s commitment towards responsible sourcing and towards sustainability.