We've printed postcards on paper impregnated with seeds that grow into wildflowers, we've printed art prints on onion skin paper, and we've printed folders made from shoebox material. So for those who like to experiment with their papers and produce something a little bit special with an interesting back story then the Shiro Alga Carta range from the Italian paper group Favini is worth checking out.
Over the years Favini have developed technologies to produce paper using organic refuse such as pulp from the wine-making process, mud, and even smog.
The Shiro Alga Carta range is made from algae from the Venetian Canal. The raw algae are dried then milled to obtain seaweed ‘flour’. The flour is then combined with FSC® certified paper fibres to make a high quality environmentally friendly paper. The result is a speckled paper where the speckles are the milled algae and interestingly, over time, the paper becomes whiter due to the chlorophyll in the algae.
Shiro Alga Carta Bianco is a whiter sheet while Shiro Alga Carta Avorio has a slightly yellowed hue.
Get in touch if you would like to use a special paper on your next print project.