Q. Your raw material is made from 50% recycled coffee cups! Why is the paper not 100% recycled cups?
A. The use of reused paper fibres from disposable cups to manufacture an FSC certified paper is a world-first. In order to provide a base substrate that allows full creativity and sustainability it is important to achieve a balance between the inclusion of recycled cups and more refined paper fibres. The choice of fibres has been made carefully to achieve a luxurious and superior quality so it is suitable for premium stationery. There are uses for materials made from 100% recycled coffee cups but this does not include premium stationery.
Q. What happens to the 10% plastic waste (the film inside the cup) after the recycling process?
A. The plastic is used for energy recovery.
Q. What exactly makes paper cups so difficult to recycle?
A. There is a layer of plastic (polyethylene) that is sealed to the paper which makes recycling paper cups particularly challenging. Most papers and boards that are recycled; newspapers, magazines and brown corrugated boxes for example, do not have a plastic lining. Relatively speaking, paper cups contribute a small amount to the 7 million tonne recycled paper market in the UK, meaning that the majority of recycling plants are not designed to carry out the separation of plastic and paper in a cup. To tackle the issue, CupCycling designed a process to separate the plastic, giving access to the valuable paper fibre.
Q. Why do you create notebooks in ‘b’ sizes rather than ‘a’ sizes?
A. You can have ‘A’ sizes of course. A5 and A6 are the most common notebook sizes available. However Coffee Notes substrate is an uncommon material. Promoting these books in ‘B’ sizes maximise the manufacturing process and reduces waste and optimises production output.
We also believe it makes our range stand out.