Monday, July 7, 2008
Innovations in Sustainability: Smock Paper
Not only was I blown away by how magnificently gorgeous their wedding invitations are, but Smock Paper is also the first print shop in the United States to print on luxury bamboo paper (exclusively made for their company). Harvested in Thailand, the bamboo used for their paper is raised without pesticides or fertilizer. Smock says bamboo "reaches its mature harvestable height in 3 to 5 years (versus 10-20 years for most softwoods). Bamboo generates up to 35% more oxygen than hardwood trees, and absorbs four times as much carbon as hardwood. Bamboo can detoxify wastewater (due to its high nitrogen consumption) and improve soil quality. If that wasn't enough, bamboo also has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties too."