Dead leaves seem to be the future of sustainable packaging: resistant but easily workable, they transform from waste to resource in no time at all.
The idea of RE-leaf Paper belongs to the young, 19-year-old Ukrainian Valentin Frechka, who has been innovating the world of packaging for some time.
By reusing the leaves that leave the branches of the trees, working them and transforming them into cellulose pulp.
Releaf Paper is a company that promotes the reuse of dead leaves, fallen from trees, to propose an alternative packaging idea, in full respect of the environment and the resources at our disposal.
The manufacturing process begins with the urban collection of fallen leaves, wherever it is necessary to proceed with a cleaning activity in the city, leaving out any type of natural context.
In addition to being useful for the reuse of leaves, the Release paper project therefore maintains order and cleanliness in cities.
Once they reach their destination, dead leaves are cleaned and treated in a chemical reactor which allows the extraction of the cellulose fiber
Once you have everything you need, making sure that any unusable components have been removed, you proceed with the traditional papermaking process.
What can we get from this leaf processing process?
Everything! From shopping bags to food containers.
Furthermore, once we have finished using these products, we can easily dispose of them in the appropriate paper baskets or composters, where they will completely degrade within a month.
And the environmental impact? Does Re Leaf Paper really help the environment?
Absolutely yes: a ton of Releaf paper saves 17 trees.
Valentin Frechka’s idea, born at school and responsible today for the start-up of an important business like that of Releaf, is an example of how innovation can, over time, bring consistent and lasting benefits.