Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Arch Paper LLC and Whiting Paper Company for the production of a range of Kona® paper and board products. Under a patented process, Monadnock is incorporating reclaimed burlap coffee bean bags into a variety of print and packaging substrates for the retail and hospitality markets.  The roasted shades and variegated fibers impart a beautiful and natural aesthetic that is smooth to the touch and pleasing to the eye.

“We are looking forward to expanding our Envi Portfolio® of products through our partnership with Whiting and Arch,” said Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock.  “As consumers become more eco-conscious with a desire to divert packaging materials from the waste stream, the timing is perfect for the addition of Kona to the Envi line.”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2017 the U.S. will import 24.8 million bags of coffee beans from around the world. That equates to approximately 54.5 million pounds.

A significant number of these coffee bean bags are being purchased by Arch and Whiting for Kona. Tom Danz of Whiting explains, “We are reusing a natural resource by taking these burlap bags that have already served their useful life, converting them into usable fiber that Monadnock is turning into beautiful papers, diverting a significant amount of waste from the landfill.”

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