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GF Smith – From pulp to paper

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Our range of custom Colorplan notebooks has been going down a storm ever since we launched them early last year.

So when GF Smith invited us to join them at the James Cropper paper mill in the Lake District, we jumped at the chance to see where their iconic paper range is produced.

Once we were booted up and had our high vis on, we were shown behind the scenes of making Colorplan paper, from pulp all the way to the end product.

James Cropper – The basics of papermaking

  • Pulp from sustainable sources enters the process at 1% to 99% water from the River Kent.

 

  • Dyes are added to the pulp mixture.

 

  • The pulp is then put down the papermaking machine.

 

  • Through a series of drainage, compression and heat the pulp then becomes 93% solid material before the remaining extracted water is returned to the river in pristine condition.

 

 

Once made, Colorplan is shipped across the globe and used by creatives for everything from simple stationery to giant sculptures of fish by Manchester-based creative studio, Lazerian.  

Lazerian, GF Smith, Colorplan, Paper, Awesome Merchandie

Colorplan at Awesome Merch

Here at Awesome HQ, we use a range of 20 colours of their 270gsm stock to create your custom A5 and A6 notebooks.

After our trip to see how Colorplan paper is made, we take a look in-house to see what happens to it once it hits our factory floor.

 

Take a look at our full range of Colorplan notebooks now! 

 

 

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