WHAT IS STONE PAPER (REPAP)?
REPAP® is a paper made from stone. Repap is paper spelt backwards.
This innovative, revolutionary paper consists of calcium carbonate (the stone) bonded with non-toxic resins. This results in a paper that is naturally white and delivers a beautifully smooth writing experience.
Calcium Carbonate is a natural by-product of water and limestone and is already commonly used for commercial purposes (eg coating paper, antacid for heartburn etc). The calcium carbonate in REPAP® is sourced as a waste product from quarrying and building industry waste. It is a common mineral layer that is frequently dug through or excavated to get to something else. Once sourced, the stone is ground down to a very fine powder and mixed with non-toxic resins (HDPE) to create REPAP® stone paper. The production of Repap is ultimately a simpler process than tree based paper production.
Some points about Repap.
The OGAMI Collection: The writing experience.
The writing experience is described as rich, creamy, luxurious, like chocolate or satin, particularly with ball points, gel pens, pencils, fountain pens, roller balls and broader felt tip pens (super fine nibs / points may "grab" the paper a little). The perfect match with this paper for writers is a ballpoint or easy-flow pen. Fountain Pens, for the average user are fine although there are some inks that take longer to dry than others (see Blog post about inks and pens here and here), but everyday inks work perfectly well and no, REPAP will not wear down the nib on your fountain pen - it is not sandpaper,
On a lighter note (but just as important to some):
NB: Repap is not a complete environmental solution nor is it a complete alternative to tree based paper. However by buying OGAMI you can feel sure that you have invested in a paper that is a confident environmental step in the right direction. Repap is brilliant to use in a notebook and helps take the pressures off the tree based paper industry. First and foremost OGAMI looks great because of the Italian design and manufacture, OGAMI is great to use because of the Repap and the luxurious user experience it delivers and ultimately OGAMI is an environmental alternative to tree based papers.
Protecting water resources:
In contrast to the manufacturing process of traditional papers, REPAP®, does not require any water, strong industrial acids, bases, or bleach. Because of this there is neither the problem of waste water being discharged during production, nor the danger of releasing the pollutants into the air or into surrounding water.
To recycle traditional paper, water is added to the collected waste paper and mechanically blended, in order to regenerate the pulp. However, to remove the old inks that remain on the waste paper, soaking and bleaching processes are usually required to ensure the pulp is reusable. In addition, the entire process of recycling has to be broken down into many complicated stages, each of those resulting in significant amounts of waste water. This process also uses a lot of energy.
In contrast, REPAP®, is easy to collect, is a result of water already in the natural environment, conserves fresh water in the first place, and does not produce waste water when recycled.
When disposed of, REPAP®, can be collected as regular plastic material. It is a #2 recyclable plastic. After being pulverized and re-extruded as granules, it can then be used as an superior additive for the processing of polyethylene (PE) plastic. It can also be recycled in the paper recycling stream without harming the integrity of that process.
No airborne pollutants.
Because only mineral powder (calcium carbonate), degradable resin and electric power are used during REPAP® production, there is no washing and drying processes needed, nor are there any harmful particles released into the air.
OGAMI REPAP: Photo-degradable in direct sunlight:
If REPAP is left outside and left exposed to continuous UV light, then after approximately 14 -18 months, it will become brittle and break itself down like an egg shell. The calcium carbonate, returns to the earth naturally.
Like traditional paper and when used in a traditional notebook sense (carried in a bag or stored closed on a desk or shelf), REPAP will not discolour, turn brittle or decompose. However, we do not say REPAP is archival.
OGAMI REPAP is benign.
If incinerated, the resin will not release any harmful gases, and compared with tree based papers, the amount of carbon dioxide released into the environment is minimal, and so has a lesser impact of global warming.