The Australian company creating stationery from mining waste

Image via Karst
Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

Set in stone.

As you might have guessed, we’re huge fans of people finding creative ways to tackle our current climate crisis.

Lots of clever and environmentally conscious creatives have started using materials in their work that would otherwise have gone to waste – like turning festival tents into bags, or breaking down toxic cigarette butts using mushrooms.

Australian company Karst is joining the club with its innovative stationery line.

Founded by Sydney locals Kevin Garcia and Jon Tse, the brand creates its paper products out of stone waste produced by mining and construction.

The stones are crushed into powder and mixed with a non-toxic, recyclable binding agent, which completely eliminates the use of water.

Australians use about 1.7 million tonnes of printing and writing paper a year, a lot of which won’t be recycled.

But in the last 12 months, Karst’s production is estimated to have saved more than 700 trees, 100,000 litres of water and 200,000 kilowatts of energy, and prevented 50,000 kilos of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

This is because the process of creating stone paper – a technique the pair inititally encountered in Taiwan – produces up to 67 per cent less carbon emissions than traditional paper production.

The brand now produces sketchpads, notebooks, planners, pencils and pens, all using its paper alternative and sustainable inks.

You can find the range here.


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