The Stone Paper Company, creator of tree-free paper Rockstock, is a finalist in the 2014 Global Label Industry awards. Read on to find out more about its innovative, sustainable labels.
The Stone Paper company is one of two finalists in the Sustainability category for the 2014 Global Label Industry Awards, which will be presented in Chicago, USA on 9 September.
Alan Good, principal of the Stone Paper Company, says that he is thrilled with the achievement, which he believes will bring the company more credibility and a greater global presence.
Alan entered the Stone Paper Company’s new label called Rocktak for the award. Rocktak is Rockstock with an adhesive coating so that it can be used as a self-adhesive label. It is water-based, food-grade and freezer-grade and is currently used in wine labels and pest control labels. It can also be used in a wide variety of other applications including boarding passes, receipts and theatre tickets, and it prints well using standard inks.
Alan says that Rockstock is special because it is an environmentally responsible alternative to regular paper. “It’s a tree-free paper that helps preserve forests worldwide by using ground-up rock instead of paper.”
Rockstock is made from quarry waste from the building industry. Offcuts and waste stone rock, marble and tile offcuts are ground up, making calcium carbonate that forms 81% of Rockstock paper. The remaining ingredient is HDPE (high-density polyethylene), which is compostable, photo-degradable and recyclable.
“There are no bleaches, acids, alkalines or other potentially harmful chemicals used in the production of Rockstock. Its production uses half as much energy as pulp paper production,” says Alan.
“There are lots of other benefits to Rockstock, for example it has a lovely feel, you don’t get paper cuts, it’s waterproof, non-toxic, unusually strong, and has no waste – it’s recyclable, photo-degradable and compostable.”
We wish Alan the best of luck for the Award and will be keeping our fingers crossed on 9 September.
Find out more about the Stone Paper Company.