What’s greener than grass?
Grass paper is made using the highest possible proportion
of fast-regrowinggrass as a raw material.
It can be processed without using chemicals and with
much less energy and water.
High availability, regrows quickly, recyclable,
and saves energy and water.
The grass used to produce the paper comes from local meadows and can be harvested several times a year. After being mowed and dried, the next step is pressing the grass into pellets known as GRASPAP®.This compression reduces the volume of the grass, which facilitates and optimizes further processing.
In terms of raw materials, grass has much shorter cellulose fibers than wood. The fibers in grass contain only small amounts of the polymer lignin, which has to be chemically leached from paper in traditional paper manufacturing. Unlike wood, grass can be processedinto pellets by purely mechanical means, without the use of chemical additives and water. Adding these pellets during paper manufacturing can minimize the use of virgin wood fibers. This reduces consumption of wood, which is a very important resource, leaving it available for other uses. Depending on the application, grass paper can be made of up to 50% grass fibers for industrial manufacturing. In order to achieve this, grass fibers are mixed with wood fibers or recycled paper fibers.
Because no chemicals are used, the grass fibers cannot be dissolved completely, meaning that they have a lower binding capacity. That is why it is still necessary to mix different fibers together. Here we are currently researching how to incorporate higher proportions of grass fiber in the processing, with the hope that higher proportions of grass fiber can be used in the near future.
This would do more than just reduce the use of chemical additives and the consumption of water – in terms of the life cycle assessment, a local supply concept would also reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50% compared to traditional procurement channels for virgin fibers.
Optimized production processes conserve valuable resources and put less strain on our environment. Further information about the production of GRASPAP® from Creapaper GmbH can be found at www.graspapier.de
Grass from ecological compensation sites – from the region, for the region.
The grass/hay used in our grass paper cups is harvested straight from the local region where the paper manufacturer is located. The main areas harvested are “ecological compensation sites”, which are areas subsidized by the EU as a way of compensating for increasing soil sealing in urban areas. These ecological compensation sites may only be farmed using extensive faming methods (as opposed to intensive methods). The biodiversity at these sites provides a habitat for countless insects, mammals and birds and thus protects the species diversity of plants and animals at the same time. In order to preserve and promote this biodiversity, the first mowing only takes place at the beginning of June at the earliest. This also helps to protect any young animals present in these areas.
In addition, the grass on these ecological compensation sites does not compete with animal fodder. This sometimes very tall, wood grass is less suitable as animal fodder. Furthermore, plenty of grass is available for industrial purposes and it does not have to be cultivated separately.
TESTED AND CERTIFIED
Grass paper as an innovative packaging material for foodstuffs.
For food packaging in particular, in the long term, it is necessary to focus on the use of virgin fibers. Due to the mineral oil migration problem (mineral oils present in recycled paper that can seep into foodstuffs and pose a health risk), the addition of virgin fibers from grass is advisable.
Grass paper is suitable for food applications, and it is dermatologically harmless, anti-allergenic, and recyclable, plus its life cycle assessment is certified.
THE ADVANTAGES AT A GLANCE
PLANNED DOWN TO THE DETAILS
The wood pulp used in paper production is transported for an average distance of 4000 km. The grass used in our grass paper cups grows on meadows very close to the paper mill. When you combine the significantly lower energy consumption during processing with the savings made on transport, grass causes up to 75% less CO2 emissions than wood.
CHEMICALS, WALTER AND TIME
In contrast to hard wood, grass contains hardly any lignin – a plant adhesive that helps trees grow high. This substance has to be leached out of wood when preparing it, using large amounts of chemicals and water in the process, after which you end up with soft cellulose. Using grass does away with all of that.
FOR ANIMALS TO BE JEALOUS
Our grass comes mainly from otherwise unused ecological compensation sites, which can only be mowed very late because they are biotopes. By this time, the grass is so tall that it has become woody. So don’t worry: no animals go hungry because of our grass paper cups.
IT'S NOT JUST BEES TAHT LOVE GRASS PAPER
Our grass grows on wild meadows together with flowers and herbs. This biodiversity offers a habitat for countless insects, mammals and birds, and therefore also protects our bees.
At the front
FIGHTING FOR A VISION
Uwe D’Agnone developed the grass paper idea. His goal was to produce paper as sustainably as possible. His vision is to establish grass paper on the market to such an extent that it has measurable positive effects on the climate. We immediately knew we wanted in on this.
NOTHING TO HIDE
As with everything we get involved in, we wanted to check out the production processes for ourselves and talk to the people behind them. Our team has researched every last detail for your benefit. You will find all the information you need on our website – everything from a personal interview with Uwe D’Agnone to all of the official certificates.
NO EMPTY PROMISES
When we talk about sustainability, it’s not hot air or empty promises. The commitment we have chosen to make is very clear: We always give our best for our customers, our environment and our society, looking at issues from every angle – ecological, economic, and social. In doing this, act in accordance with our principle of “doing good before profit maximization”, and we work mindfully and with unwavering transparency to consistently achieve optimal results.
WEBAcup grass paper cups are made with the highest possible proportion of grass fibers and are 100% biodegradable.
Made in Germany, further development of the product,
and clear communication.
The WEBAcup grass paper cup is the most revolutionary cup available in the to-go sector today. Even though single use cups are controversial, this cup is light years ahead of other products in this category.
The outer layer of the double-walled cup is made of innovative grass paper material with a 40% grass fiber content. This double-walled cup variant is particularly stable and can be held comfortably in the hand despite the hot contents thanks to the cavity between the two layers of paper. Due to the technical properties of grass paper (in particular the reduced binding capacity of grass fibers), it is currently not possible to make the interior paper wall from grass paper. Further research and development is needed before a 100% liquid-impermeable cup with both paper layers made of grass paper can become a reality.
The interior of this cup is coated with a polymer (PLA) coating. PLA is a polymer that is based on lactic acid. This means it is made of renewable raw materials (maize plants). The transparent coating is highly resistant to oil and fat and has very good taste barrier and aroma barrier values. Furthermore, PLA is biodegradable (according to EN 13432) and is approved as a bioplastic suitable for contact with foodstuffs.
We also offer the option of an ecologically optimized PLA lid.