Frequently Asked Questions
A. Kenaf is a farm grown fiber. Paper can be recycled a limited amount of times. It is not a closed system so new fibers must be added to the mix. We recommend that those fibers should be from a sustainable farm crop rather than a forest. Kenaf offers a way to manufacture paper without relying on trees. Kenaf can be mixed with wood-based paper in the recycling bin. With your support, eventually all recycled fibers will originate from kenaf instead of forests.
A. Yes, it can be recycled with other papers. Since the fiber characteristics resemble wood fibers, it can be mixed with tree-based papers in the recycling bin. For more information see the paper "Recycling Kenaf-A Commercial Experience" in the library section.
A. Because we are just getting started the additional cost is a result of producing a paper that is on the cutting edge of sustainability. With your support now the prices of kenaf paper will become competitive with wood based paper. Our goal is to make that happen sooner rather than later.
A. All over the world. Kenaf can grow almost anywhere a crop can be grown. Kenaf likes hot weather, but certain varieties have produced good results as far north as North Dakota.
A. Yes. Our Re:Vision line contains the government required minimum of 30% post consumer waste.
A. Kenaf provides mainstream farmers with a low/no input option for rotation with their other crops. The value of dedicated organic land makes more sense for food products. Kenaf grows fast so little or no herbicides are used. No insecticides are needed since we are harvesting for fiber instead of grain or fruit.
A. Most printers will gladly satisfy a request to print on kenaf paper. Initial resistance could be due to the printer being unfamiliar with kenaf paper. There are a few that had a bad experience with early recycled papers. Some printers have incentives from big paper companies to sell certain papers. Kenaf paper will run problem-free on any sheet or web press. There is no need to order extra paper for make ready. If they are hesitant, we can provide print samples or referrals. As a last resort, if they refuse to run kenaf paper, we can refer you to hundreds of printers who will.
A. Parent sheets are packed in cartons of 1,000 or 1,200 sheets and we sell in whole carton increments.
A. Kenaf paper will run on any sheet or web press (or your office equipment) at least as well as any tree based paper.
A. Yes, it performs just like any other high quality printing paper, but generally has better opacity
Updated: October 26, 2010 04:22 PM