Two young men in Australia are making paper out of stones and saving hundreds of trees in the process.
Jon Tse and Kevin Garcia are the founders of Karst Stone Paper, a company that produces paper from recycled limestone instead of tree pulp.
Most of the world's paper is made from wood. But the industry uses toxic chemicals to bleach and bind paper products.
Karst Stone Paper cuts out the use of water or harsh chemicals in the production of their paper.
The company uses stone waste that is collected from construction sites and other industrial waste dumping sites, Garcia explains.
Hey @kourtneykardash ! Check out these gorgeous tree-free, waterproof and 🍃eco-friendly notebooks made from recycled stone. Perfect for your daily journaling and gratitude practice ✨ PM us!— Karst Stone Paper™, a Certified B Corporation® (@KarstStonePaper) August 30, 2019
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The pair discovered their solution while on holiday in Taiwan and operate their main factory from there.
Karst Stone Paper currently focuses on supplying high-end office stationery and is selling paper products to 81 countries globally.
Garcia says the stone paper solution has other great properties.
It has waterproof properties. It can be frozen or stored in cold temperatures.— Kevin Garcia, Co-founder and co-CEO of Karst Stone Paper
We use recycled calcium carbonate and limestone from nearby quarries, building industries and construction waste.— Kevin Garcia, Co-founder and co-CEO of Karst Stone Paper
It's grounded down to a fine powder, almost like chalk.— Kevin Garcia, Co-founder and co-CEO of Karst Stone Paper
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : This company turns recycled stones into tree-free, waterproof paper