James Cropper develops sketchbooks made from used coffee cups

Written by: Rhys Handley | Published:
The pads are created by using James Cropper's CupCycling method

James Cropper has developed a new range of sketchbooks and pads made from single-use coffee cups.

Collaborating with art supplier Seawhite of Brighton, Kendal-based James Cropper used its CupCycling method to create the cartridge paper stock by upcycling used coffee cups.

With around 2.5 billion coffee cups thrown away in the UK each year, the paper maker is using its process to create papers that will make use of the potentially damaging reservoir of waste the products generate. Around 80% of materials used in the new stock are recycled.

James Cropper market sector manager Richard Burnett said: "Strengthening our 15-year legacy with an organisation so firmly grounded in the creative industries aligns with our own commitment to produce beautiful papers that fuel creativity.

“To date, we have recycled over 100m coffee cups at our CupCycling facility, however we have the capacity to convert up to 500m per year into papers and packaging

“Partnerships with companies such as Seawhite of Brighton prove that circular design has a firm place and presents a viable option in many industries.”

Seawhite of Brighton has long partnered with James Cropper, which supplies the stationery vendor’s cartridge paper, and the development of the new sketch pads builds on that partnership.

University of the Arts London, the Eden Project and Hobbycraft are among the businesses and institutions that have already confirmed stock listings of the pads.

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