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TEES NOT TREES™

Made from recycled tee shirt scraps discarded by the large-scale apparel manufacturing industry in India, Preserve Handmade Paper and product is the most sustainable paper and paper product that exists to date. 100% tree-free, made from cotton scraps and dried in the sun naturally— the finished product creates a rich tactile experience as well as an original work of art.

HOW TREE FREE PAPER IS MADE

We start from what is discarded, turning it into a thing of beauty. Preserve creates a natural paper pulp by using locally available byproducts that often end up cast aside as waste—like leftover tee shirt scraps from the textile industry, and bagasse from the cane sugar industry.

Adding various all-natural enhancing elements, the art of pressing, flattening and drying the pulp follows. Each product is handmade by a skilled artisan, working until the creation takes the form of paper products that are high-quality, 100% treeless, biodegradable and completely recyclable. After the paper is made, we apply our signature design techniques, Signature design techniques such as silkscreen printing, embossing, marbling, stitching, foiling and more…

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

The state of the planet is everyone’s responsibility. We must forge a healthier, brighter future—for ourselves, our children and future generations.

A majority of the products consumers buy and use every day are not environmentally sustainable. The production of paper and apparel, in particular, represent crucial industries where eco-friendly processes and solutions can reduce the damage that industrial manufacturing companies create on a daily basis.

Preserve provides sustainable alternatives to traditional manufacturing processes setting an example that you can do well by doing good. Companies delivering eco-friendly solutions are paving a path to a better tomorrow, winning the loyalty of consumers by appealing to their sense of responsibility, without trading off value or aesthetics. Consumers must love our products and the products must be designed to be kind to the environment.

UPCYCLED, RECYCLED, SUSTAINABLE, BIODEGRADEABLE

Preserve uses only 100% recycled and natural materials. These days, there is much talk about recycling and “sustainability,” but the difference between a product that is 5% post-consumer recycled or one that is truly tree-free is profound, yet widely misunderstood.

Preserve is educating consumers, one gorgeous, unique product at a time—proving that great design combined with natural materials can equal a healthier planet. With every order of gift bag, wrapping paper or office paper we sell, we pursue our goal for consumers to understand that even small choices can make a big difference.

NATURAL RESOURCES: ENERGY & WATER

Industrial paper mills are a significant global consumer of energy and water. Yet Preserve stands alone by using the least possible amount of energy in its paper production. We use a fraction of the water required in traditional mills to make our pulp, and we dry our paper in beautiful open fields under the sun. In rainy season we utilize shaded pillars. Our design goes back thousands of years. Some ask does it scale? The answer is yes. There is no shortage of waste or sunshine. Our centralized manufacturing production units are capable of immense scale and our knowledge of efficiency, supply chain and technology are second to none. We incorporate best practice processes into every facet of our operation so it is seamless and environmentally sound conserving resources is our way of life.

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