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Clever Lucart produces recycled paper from drinks cartons
Whilst at the Pulire exhibition in Verona in May, John and I became very excited about the Lucart display and tried many times to speak to the people who could talk us through exactly what the company did. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful.
CMS Berlin provided that opportunity and we met with Export Manager Francesco Pasquini and Simone Massei, who quickly made us realise that we'd been right to persevere.
On display was the company's Eco-Natural series of recycled paper that has been approved for food industry use. It is manufactured from used Tetra Pak drinks cartons - so many of which end up in landfill all over the world.
Francesco explained that the cartons cannot be used in their entirety because they contain an average of 22% polyethylene and 4% aluminium, which Lucart separates from the 74% cellulose by means of a purely mechanical process, without the use of any chemicals.
The cellulose fibres are converted into recycled paper, an attractive beige, the same colour as natural wood fibres. A bleaching process has been deliberately avoided, since it uses large amounts of water, energy and chemicals.
Francesco said he'd felt that the colour would perhaps put people off the product, whereas we felt that with the changing attitudes towards our need to preserve our environment, this would not be a problem. Indeed with the ongoing trend for neutrals in the UK, the attractive beige colour works very well. The tissue is very soft too...
6th October 2011