Stone paper notebooks are easily the most trending stone paper product on the market. The most popular retailers like A Good Company, Karst, and Ogami have made great progress in spreading awareness for this revolutionary material. We have also seen strong growth in areas like promotional items with short runs and custom branding, which are also mostly notebooks.
Why is stone paper being used for so many notebooks?
- Stone paper is “reusable” in the sense that writing can be erased with heat.
- It has a luxurious feel against the tip of a pen
- It’s naturally white
- It’s waterproof which makes it a little more secure
Basically, stone paper makes for high-quality, environmentally friendly notebooks. One could compare the aesthetic of these notebooks to higher-end brands like Moleskine, Rhodia, and Leuchtturm. But there are two untapped product segments with even more potential than notebooks and stationery. Stone paper in these areas will ultimately change the global printing market.
Despite the obvious benefits of stone paper in notebooks and stationery, the most common complaint is the drying time for writing. Stone paper tends to smear, especially with fountain pens. This is why we argue that stone paper has even greater potential for the traditional publishing industry. Books made of stone paper don’t need writing and therefore leverage all of the benefits of stone paper without any of the difficulty.
Here are even more reasons why stone paper is even better suited for book printing:
- Non-toxic and durable, perfect for children’s books.
- Oil-resistant and waterproof, perfect for cookbooks.
- Natural whiteness and soft touch perfect for books of all formats.
- Lack of dot gain means precise text and saturated colors without using as much ink as traditional paper.
Offered at similar pricing to traditional paper, stone paper is a no-brainer for book publishers. In fact, Cuento de Luz, a children’s book publisher based in Madrid, Spain, switched to a 100% stone paper production back in 2017. For them it was a decision about sustainability, but it was also a revolutionary decision for the industry. Their decision reflects the inevitable growth of stone paper in traditional book printing
Packagers demand high standards of sustainability as well as quality. There are several industries that have more use for stone paper than traditional cardboard. The following features speak strongly for stone paper in packaging applications:
- Dramatically reducing the plastic in plastic packaging without sacrificing the benefits of plastic.
- Simplify and reduce waste of plastic coated paper packages because paper can’t contact food
- More durable than traditional paper and it’s waterproof. This means next-level protection for products.
- Printing performance and compatibility is much higher than recycled cardboard, even when recycled.
- High tear resistance and elastic structure means no more leftover paper and residue from peeling.
Stone paper could potentially change the way we see cosmetics and food packaging, as well as reduce the burden of plastic on the environment. Pebble is excited to be at the forefront of this progress and is always innovating new types of packages that use only stone paper.