Kazan: a low carbon dioxide emission grass paper, by Mosaico

Kazan: a low CO2 emission grass paper, by Mosaico

To meet the growing demand for products with low environmental impact, Mosaico introduces Kazan, a new grass paper which is suitable for food contact.

The result of a path of innovation that involved the plant in Lugo di Vicenza, Kazan papers are the new family of green papers made with ecologically sustainable grass fibres. Obtained through the grinding and drying of grass from the mowing of urban green areas, grass fibre replaces a considerable portion of cellulosic fibre, to obtain which sulphate-based chemical processes would be necessary.

In order to use this new raw material in the production process, a series of measures have been developed and coordinated by the experience of skilled paper masters. The process has made it possible to obtain an offset printable paper which is not only particularly suitable for the packaging industry and graphics printing, but it is also pleasing to look at, to touch and even to smell.

Kazan paper is produced in a substance range of 90 to 275 g/m².
In addition to the base product, the family includes four versions:

  • Kazan BARR, the grease barrier version
  • Kazan WS, the wet-resistant version
  • Kazan IDRO, the water-resistant version
  • Kazan BIO, the certified compostable version

All papers in the Kazan range are suitable for contact with food and are certified recyclable with Aticelca method.

The aesthetic and functional qualities of Kazan are complimented by the benefits for the environment, both in the production phase of the fibrous raw material and in the paper mill processes:

  • reduction in CO2 emissions
  • water and energy savings
  • reduction of chemical additives

Such benefits are then inherited by packaging or printing products that use Mosaico grass paper: thus, Kazan is the perfect paper for those who want to develop packaging and communication solutions with a low environmental impact.

Case histories

A Mosaico's customer chose Kazan for the production of a water-resistant low-wave cardboard for containers of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The customer assembles the cardboard with three layers of grass paper: Kazan 110 g/m² for the back layer and for the corrugation, and Kazan IDRO 110 g/m² for the top layer. The back layer is offset printed with non-complex designs, given the roughness of the sheet: the printer manages 8500 sheets per hour without problems of dirt on the printing inkwells.

Also quite remarkable is the experience of a customer who chose Kazan BARR 250 g/m², the oils and fats resistant grass cardboard, to produce for the Scandinavian market take away rigid containers for foods such as French fries. Practical tests have shown that the Kazan BARR fat barrier guarantees the absence of oil transfer for 24 hours.

Generally speaking, the possible applications of grass-based paper are many and growing: shopping bags, soft drink labels, place mats, mailing envelopes are just some examples.

The possible uses of Kazan

The possible applications of grass-based paper are many and growing: shopping bags, soft drink labels, place mats, mailing envelopes are just some examples.

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