The simplicity and purity of the material constantly question contemporary popular elements. In an era of over-design and information overload, it seems to call out to me, urging a return to essence, exploring the existential value between things. Design's purpose is not just innovation in form but achieving resonance with the soul, touching delicate and genuine emotions.

The exploration of paper has become a reflection on life and the meaning of existence for me. Paper, an item overlooked in daily life, how can it allow design to transcend visuals and reach the depths of the soul? This is a challenge for designers and also a process of seeking my answers.

Gmund Hanf

In 2020, Germany's Gmund paper mill introduced the innovative and groundbreaking paper "Hanf," using hemp plants as the main raw material.

The hemp plants used in this paper mainly include hemp and cannabis. These plants, with their unique fiber texture, give the paper different textures and toughness. They are labeled according to the proportion of pulp to hemp fiber—10% (Good), 50% (Better), 100% (Best), clearly demonstrating the grading of environmental conservation and quality commitment. The content of hemp fiber ranges from low to high, representing the delicacy and wildness of the texture, and the degree of ink absorption increases slightly with a higher proportion.

There are options for both thin 120g/m2 and thick 320g/m2 for all three proportions. At 100% proportion, there is a noticeable fiber distribution feeling on the printing surface, while the thicker 320g/m2, besides its rich texture, has excellent effects for processes like embossing, foil stamping, and letterpress printing due to its fluffy nature.

Historically, hemp plants have been widely used in making clothing, ropes, and bags due to their rough and tough fiber properties, becoming indispensable materials in life. Additionally, the cultivation of these plants has minimal environmental impact, growing rapidly with almost no need for pesticides or excessive care. In the past, converting hemp plants into paper required a large amount of manual labor to soften the fibers. Nowadays, modern industrial technology can rapidly convert tough hemp fibers into alternative pulp for traditional wood pulp. As times evolve, the paper industry continues to delve into and humbly explore environmental sustainability issues.












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