Vegan books from grass paper

Did you know?

The grass is sun-dried into hay and processed in the paper mill. The water requirement for the production of grass pulp is only 2 litres per tonne.

Why does Matabooks use grass paper?

  • The raw material grass, in contrast to cellulose, is a purely natural product and is available in Germany in sufficiently large quantities.
  • Even with intensive use of this land, biodiversity can be guaranteed.
  • Grass is not destroyed during harvesting and grows again and again.
  • Grass naturally has little lignin. Therefore no chemicals are used in its production.
  • Due to the shorter transport distances, up to 75% of CO2 consumption can be avoided.
  • The grass for Matabooks’ products is harvested in the immediate vicinity of the paper mill – the average transport distance is only 100 km.

The more books we use made of grass paper, the more we can actively do something together to protect the environment.
Every blade of grass counts!

Citation: www.creapaper.de

Paper consumption per Capita

Worldwide 50Kg
Germany 250Kg

Wait a minute – Vegan Books?!

Matabooks is the first (German) publisher to produce completely vegan books from grass paper. The word “vegan” may seem confusing in this context, as it otherwise mainly stands for a plant-based diet without animal products. But just like many foods, clothing textiles and cosmetics, conventional books often contain hidden animal ingredients.

To understand how books can be ‘veganised’, the first question that arises is: “How do animal ingredients get into books? The answer is divided into three parts:

  1. When binding books, among other things, so-called bone glue (glutin glue) is used. This glue consists of animal components, which are produced by boiling bones, skins and leather. The raw materials are dried, crushed, degreased and treated with a lime solution. The collagen obtained is then converted into glutin.
  2. Printing inks in offset printing consist of pigments, resins, mineral oils and additives. Organic dyes, among other things, are used to produce pigments. These consist partly of the dye carmine (E120), which is produced from lice (in Europe cochineal scale insects). To produce the dye, the lice are bred on selected plants, “harvested”, dried and boiled in water (with the addition of sulphuric acid).
  3. Animal skins are mainly used as the basic material for leather book cover materials. In the production of leather they go through various mechanical and chemical processes. The epidermis and hypodermis are removed from the leather hide, resulting in ‘nakedness’. The leather hide is cleaned, depilated, pickled with sodium sulphide and then mechanically split. Goatskin is the most commonly used bookbinding material and is made from hides of various African, Indian or European breeds of goat. Other types of leather are made from hides of cattle, sheep, pigs and savannah goats.

Matabooks are free of animal components in the printing inks, bookbinding glue and book covers. All processes of book production are carried out with regard to environmental aspects and sustainability. All finishing processes of the books are implemented with a view to their ecological balance.

Vegan Books made of Grass Paper

Vegan Books made of Grass Paper

Paper consumption per Capita

The paper consumption in Germany per head is high and only topped by a few other countries.

Weltweit 50 Kg
Deutschland 250 Kg

So what is grass paper actually?

For the production of grass paper, normal grass, which you know from the meadow, is used. It is sun-dried and then processed in the paper mill. The paper will be produced with a grass fibre content of up to 50% (at least 30%) and a fresh fibre content (from FSC-certified forests). The fresh fibre component, which ensures the stability of the paper, can also be replaced by recycled paper fibres. Furthermore, the grass paper itself is also recyclable and compostable.

Grass paper is ideal for food and service packaging. We at matabooks discovered it for ourselves in book production and now we can offer a wide range of products from postcards to notebooks to annual planners made of grass paper.

Why does matabooks use grass paper?

  • Grass as a resource, unlike pulp, is a purely natural product and is available in Germany in sufficiently large quantities.
  • Even with intensive use of these areas, biodiversity can be guaranteed.
  • Grass is not destroyed during harvesting and grows back again and again.
  • Grass naturally contains very little lignin. Therefore, no chemicals are used in its production.
  • The reduced transport distances mean that up to 75% of CO2 consumption can be avoided.
  • The grass for matabooks’ products is harvested in the immediate surroundings of the paper mill – the transport distance is only 100 km on average.

Source: www.creapaper.de

As the first V-Label certified vegan publishing house in Germany with award-winning books made of grass paper,matabooks is revolutionizing the book industry and creating a novelty. The philosophy is all about sustainability. matabooks manufactures all its products in Germany and from environmentally friendly grass or sweet grass paper. This conserves resources and reduces CO2 emissions. In addition, no materials with animal components are used. In this way, matabooks makes its contribution to environmental, climate, and animal protection.

Paper consumption per Capita

The paper consumption in Germany per head is high and only topped by a few other countries.

Worldwide 50 Kg
Germany 250 Kg

So what is grass paper actually?

For the production of grass paper, normal grass, which you know from the meadow, is used. It is sun-dried and then processed in the paper mill. The paper will be produced with a grass fibre content of up to 50% (at least 30%) and a fresh fibre content (from FSC-certified forests). The fresh fibre component, which ensures the stability of the paper, can also be replaced by recycled paper fibres. Furthermore, the grass paper itself is also recyclable and compostable.

Grass paper is ideal for food and service packaging. We at matabooks discovered it for ourselves in book production and now we can offer a wide range of products from postcards to notebooks to annual planners made of grass paper.

Why does matabooks use grass paper?

  • Grass as a resource, unlike pulp, is a purely natural product and is available in Germany in sufficiently large quantities.
  • Even with intensive use of these areas, biodiversity can be guaranteed.
  • Grass is not destroyed during harvesting and grows back again and again.
  • Grass naturally contains very little lignin. Therefore, no chemicals are used in its production.
  • The reduced transport distances mean that up to 75% of CO2 consumption can be avoided.
  • The grass for matabooks’ products is harvested in the immediate surroundings of the paper mill – the transport distance is only 100 km on average.

Source: www.creapaper.de

The more books/print products we produce from grass paper, the more we can actively do together to protect the environment.

Every blade of grass counts!