What is grass paper?

Grass paper is the term used to describe a pulp-based product which, apart from virgin fibre from wood or recycled paper, has a significant proportion of grass fibres (at least 30%). We supply the grass-based raw material for the industrial production of paper. Depending on its purpose, paper can be manufactured from up to 50% grass fibres in industrial production. The formula can include both wood pulp and recycled paper. Grass paper is ideal for food packaging (e.g. for fruit, vegetables, eggs, milk, etc.), dry foods (such as cereals, confectionery and baked goods) and cosmetics and pharmacy products.

It’s also great for service packaging (folding boxes, labels, display stands, brochures). The process to yield the raw material from dried grass is protected by more than 60 patents worldwide. Grass paper is recyclable and compostable and holds all certificates and approvals for extensive use in the paper and packaging industry.

Why is it a good idea?

Our ecological responsibility is also our fundamental purpose – to enable the sustainable production of paper from grass

  • Climate protection (through the dramatic reduction of CO2 emissions)
  • Water savings of 99.9%
  • Energy savings of approx. 97%
  • Renunciation of chemicals (100% saving)
  • Use of cascading (e.g. proteins from the grass used for medicines and foodstuffs)
  • Renaturalisation of fallow land (e.g. in Eastern Europe)
  • Avoidance of monocultures and mass clearing

The exploitation of previously unused grasslands (buffer strips) enables additional sources of income for agriculture and also creates jobs in regions with high rural depopulation and unemployment.

Four good reasons why grass paper makes sense

Just two litres of water per tonne of hay
(in contrast to 6,000 litres per tonne of wood pulp)
Just 136 kWh of energy per tonne of hay
(in contrast to 5,000 kWh per tonne of wood pulp)
No chemicals are used
in the production of grass pulp
In total, up to 75% less CO2 emissions
from raw material production

Grass pulp vs. wood pulp

When it comes to sustainability, the production process for grass paper wins hands down against paper made of wood pulp – we achieve CO2 reductions of up to 75%! How do we do it?

  • Low energy consumption (137 kW/h)
  • Very low fresh water requirements (2 litres per tonne)
  • Low-level logistics (within a radius of 100 km)
  • No chemicals
  • 1.2 tonnes of grass make one tonne of pulp

In comparison, the production of one tonne of paper from wood is as follows:

  • High energy consumption (over 5,000 kW/h)
  • High fresh water requirements (6,000 litres per tonne)
  • High-level logistics (avg. 4,000 km)
  • Heavy use of chemicals
    (e.g. sodium sulphate, sodium sulphide etc.)
  • 2.3 tonnes of wood make one tonne of pulp

The LCA of grass paper

You can download the „Comparative Eco-Balance of Wood-Based Pulp, Recycled Paper Pulp and Grass-Based Pulp in German Paper Production“ here. The eco-balance carried out by the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE) at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences clearly demonstrates the superior ecological properties of grass fibre.

Our grass comes mainly from otherwise unused compensation areas, which may be mowed very late as biotopes. At this time, the grass is so tall that it can no longer be used for animal feed.
Bees love grass paper. Our grass grows on wild meadows together with flowers and herbs. By mowing these areas late we ensure biodiversity and protect our bees.

Certificates, Studies and Approvals

Today, grass paper holds all of the required approvals and certificates required for unlimited use in all paper applications and packaging areas. Adjacent you will find an excerpt of all relevant certificates as a PDF download.

Our Creaseed products have been certified as organic since 2013. This requires compliance with the specifications of the EU-Eco regulation. Our organic certification enables us to process seeds from controlled organic cultivation and label them with the organic seal (ecological control point DE-ÖKO-007). We also collaborate with FSC– and PEFC-certified companies.