Green Field Paper Company is proud to join forces with One.org as the supplier of the 20+ thousand carrot seed postcards that are headed to the White House!  ONE launched  Thrive: Campaigners Across the World Will Sow the Seeds of Change on April 19th as their wake-up call to the G8 to end global hunger and malnutrition through investments in smart agriculture programs. Our Paper Craftsmen started making the custom carrot seed paper just before Easter and celebrated by wearing bunny ears and bunny aprons during production. The Thrive postcards are being distributed nationwide and people are being encouraged to send the recycled plantable carrot seed postcards to the White House urging the President to support effective, sustainable programs that save lives.  More information about the ONE.org Thrive campaign can be found at http://one.org/us/actnow/thrive_splash.html.

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Aren’t they cute?  Our skiiled paper Artisan’s donned their bunny ears and aprons as they made over 3000 sheets of carrot seed paper for an order that will ship this week.  These dedicated silly wabbits worked all weekend to ensure that we could print 20,000 postcards first thing Monday morning.   They will continue making this new carrot seed paper for a day or so longer and it will  be available for purchase this week in time for Easter.

carrot seed paper

The other evening, while surfing through Pulse on my Kindle Fire, I came across an article from the Food Network about chia seeds and thought it would be a great idea to share it with all of our FB/Twitter/blog community. Why you might ask? Because it was an informative article that shared some interesting facts about chia seeds and how nutritious they are, and for those of you that might not know, we offer a chia seed embedded paper! The article mentions how chia seeds has “gobs of fiber and a fair amount of protein”, which has turned them into “the darling of the fitness world”. All you fitness buffs out there, why not purchase some chia seed paper to send notes to your friends and family, and they in turn can grow their own chia seeds and reap on those nutritional benefits. 

Our chia seed paper can be purchased by the parent sheet (13″ x 19″) or as 8.5″ x 11″ sheets. We can even cut the paper down to your desired size. If you are interested in getting a custom printed card, we offer printing services as well and can print business cards, Thank You cards, bookmarks, coasters…we can even make packaging out of our chia seed paper. Also, the paper comes in 3 colors: Natural White, Chai Tea and Pretty Pink. During the holiday season, you can choose from a variety of darling designs that are sure to please your loved ones. 

 Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds are no longer used just for chia pets, but for fun ways to promote a healthy lifestyle and to put a smile on someone’s face. 

 Take a look at the Pulse.me article here and get a great recipe for pudding with chia seeds: http://pulse.me/s/6Nxqy

Just think, you can grow your own chia seeds and incorporate it in some of your favorite baked goods and smoothies! Enjoy!

Mimi

Sales and Customer Service

I bet you didn’t know they had “recycled” paper back in the 12th and 13th centuries…This is an excerpt of an article that appeared in the New York Times magazine.

The origins of what paper cognoscenti call “true paper,” which requires the breaking-down and reconstitution of plant fibers, are often dated to A.D. 105 and linked to Ts’ai Lun, a eunuch in the court of Emperor Han Ho Ti of China. Few technological advances have been as enduring. Wherever it appeared, paper swiftly relegated more primitive writing surfaces like stone, wood blocks, clay tablets, wax and sheets of laminated bark or matted papyrus stalks to oblivion. The miracle of paper — its combination of flexibility and tensile strength in an easily fabricated and, well, paper-thin material — is a chemical gift of cellulose. When cellulose fibers are separated from noncellulosic components of plants, beaten to a pulp, briefly suspended in water and spread onto a screen, the fibers bond together to form a sheet. A piece of paper is a plant re-engineered for specifically human purposes.

Paper production was confined to the Far East until the year 751, when, some historians believe, Muslim conquerors of Central Asia carried the secrets of the trade to Samarkand. It wasn’t until the 12th century, when Muslims ruled Spain, that papermaking began spreading to Europe. Unlike Asian papermakers, who relied on plants like hemp, mulberry, bamboo and daphne for fiber, mills in Italy, France, Germany and the Low Countries turned to worn-out textiles for their raw material. Rag men roamed the towns and countryside, collecting scraps of fabric whose hemp and flax fibers had been degraded by years of washing and drying in the sun. Until the 19th century, European and American books were made largely of recycled clothes and other textiles.

According to Jesse Munn, a paper specialist who worked as a conservator at the Library of Congress for 32 years, the rapid spread of printing took a toll on the quality of paper. “The insatiable demand of the common market lowered standards of some papers,” she says. “The history of paper in most cases is one of steady decline in character and strength.” To cut their costs, some mills began using less-carefully-sorted rags and rushed the process of preparing the pulp. The result was weaker, darker paper, with knots and clumps of fiber in the finished sheets. Quality sank further when, at the beginning of the 19th century, French and English inventors developed a steam-powered “paper machine.” Paper production exploded, quickly exhausting the available supply of rags. Papermakers turned to a plentiful source of low-grade cellulose: trees. An age of abundant, cheap, inferior paper emerged. Newspapers flourished and inexpensive books flooded the market. Paper became an ingredient in everything from shoes to construction materials. The industrialized paper trade crossed the Atlantic in the 19th century, eventually transforming vast swaths of American forests into paper plantations. Some chemicals used in preparing wood pulp resulted in what paper conservators call “self-destructing paper,” which turned brown and brittle with age. As Munn told me, “We’ll lose a lot of the 19th century.”

At the same time, small artisanal movements grew up in fierce resistance to industrialization. In England, William Morris commissioned a mill to supply his press with paper made by hand, using the materials and methods employed in the Italian Renaissance. Dard Hunter, an Ohio-born acolyte of the Arts and Crafts movement, spent much of the first half of the 20th century proselytizing on behalf of meticulously handcrafted papers. Nonetheless, the use of cheap, mass-produced papers grew inexorably. In his 1947 edition of “Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft,” Hunter noted that per capita consumption of paper in the U.S. was 287.5 pounds in 1943; that would rise in recent years to more than 600 pounds. In the interim, handmade paper became all but obsolete.

Well we are pleased to say handmade paper is alive and flourishing at Green Field Paper Company.

Green Field Paper Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Green Field Paper Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It was Earth Day, 1992 when the first sheet of 100% Junk Mail® paper went on display. There is story behind that day that Jeff Lindenthal, the founder, will be sharing.

In 1992, Ross Perot ran against George Bush and Bill Clinton for President and the average cost of a gallon of gas was $1.05.  Windows 3.1 was released and AT&T released a video telphone with a cost of $1.499. The Dow closed at 3301 that year. The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development ( The Earth Summit ) was held in Brazil.

We are looking for different ways to celebrate this 20th year and would welcome any ideas.

Green Field Paper Company

Well, it is almost the end of another holiday season. We received a lot of holiday cards in the mail this year, albeit less than years past, and carefully read and hung each one in our lobby. While most conveyed simple good wishes, some contained well thought out handwrtiten notes. One was from someone who had not done business from in two years. I am going to look them up and probably see about doing some business in 2012. Employees and visitors alike look to see who sent certain that caught their eye.

The cards we received by mail will remain hanging in our lobby until New Years for all to enjoy. One of our our employees has laid claim to a number of the cards to use the images when she decorates her Fabrege eggs.

I received a number e-mail holiday wishes as well. I really can’t say who sent them as I gave them the same amount of time and consideration that the sender took to hit “send all”. I simply hit “delete”…