A German paper maker has developed hemp paper for books and brochures produced on digital printing systems.
The specially designed, uncoated hybrid paper from the former paper company HahnemÃ¼hle, Dassel, Germany, was developed exclusively for printing the book âH is for HEMPâ by climate impact photographer and storyteller Maren Krings, which will be published in April 2022.
âThis is the first paper made from sustainable hemp fibers grown in Europe for environmentally friendly printing products,â said Heidemarie Hinger, Head of Product and Business Development at HahnemÃ¼hle.
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The new hemp paper is produced with pure spring water, which HahnemÃ¼hle has used since its inception at the company’s only production site in a nature reserve in Saxony, north-central Germany. The water is injected into the nearby river after passing through a largely closed treatment system that is free of chemical cleaning agents, biocides or preservatives. The energy used for manufacturing comes exclusively from 100% renewable sources.
HahnemÃ¼hle Hemp digital printing paper has an inimitable structure resulting from wool felts directly used in the production process, is vegan and acid-free, therefore very resistant to aging. It is available in two weights as cover and inner paper in 280gsm and 80gsm, respectively. The new paper is available in rolls up to 50 inches (127 cm).
The new hemp paper is designed for high speed inkjet, analog offset and other flexible digital printing systems. Hinger said the paper, which was inspired by Krings’ project, meets high standards in rendering text and images.
âHahnemÃ¼hle’s hemp paper exceeded my expectations, providing a beautiful tactile and sensory experience and giving the book a fresh and completely new look,â Krings said. âAt the same time, it comes full circle in protecting native forests and finding alternative raw materials for papermaking. “
Founded in 1584 as a manufacturer of handmade stationery, HahnemÃ¼hle then added fine art paper and, more recently, papers for digital art printing, to complete its stationery portfolio. HahnemÃ¼hle is the inventor and world market leader in digital art papers for exclusive photo prints and fine art reproductions. The company has subsidiaries in UK, France, USA, Singapore and China.
HahnemÃ¼hle has been supporting regional and international environmental protection projects since 2008 through its âGreen Roosterâ initiative, which supports reforestation, animal welfare and environmental education programs.
Krings’ book captures contemporary industrial hemp culture through a compilation of photos and stories presented in encyclopedia form, highlighting the potential of industrial hemp to boost economic development while addressing the essential mission of reversing climate change.
Examples of pages from the upcoming book “H est pour le hemp”; Get Updates