Apple pomace ingeniously processed into reusable paper bags
The apple appears in many well-known stories as a symbol of temptation, power and immortality. Whether as a nickname for New York, the Beatles' record label or the famous computer manufacturer’s company name, the apple always manages to be associated with the extraordinary. It even occupies a leading position among fruit juices. According to the Association of the German Fruit Juice Industry, apple juice is the most popular fruit juice in Germany. No wonder that we also have an eye on the apple.
Our managing director Volker Riedle made a sustainable commitment, so to speak, back when the company was founded. "From nature, into nature" has always been his motto, which ultimately led to his unwavering focus on paper as a recyclable material all these years. As the quality leader for reusable paper carrier bags, he is consistently focused on the ecological balance of the most important advertising and image carrier and forgoes any other material in his product portfolio.
No wonder, then, that the busy "paper pioneer" Volker Riedle has discovered apple paper for the tried and tested brand ambassadors. Carefully analysed and processed accordingly, the apple processing residues have proven rich in primary materials such as cellulose and hemicellulose: ideal for the production of paper and at the same time meeting the raw material quality requirements for Riedle’s reusable paper bags.
In apple paper, up to 15% of the usual tree cellulose is replaced by apple pomace. Because of the risk of fungal contamination, these fruit juice residues cannot be spread in fields or used as animal feed. Instead of costly disposal, this valuable raw material can now be reused in a very special way.
The apple paper is characterised by its ivory tone, elegance and excellent processing properties. It has a very pleasant, velvety warm feel. There are no limits on the creation of motifs for the bag design. Printing can be implemented as perfectly as with any other natural paper, as can finishing with hot or blind embossing. The combination with a 100% cotton cord has proven to be the perfect handle solution.
Long delivery routes sometimes have a devastating effect on a product’s overall ecological balance. That’s why Bags by Riedle produces exclusively in Germany and the EU. Riedle has always refused to use Asian imports throughout his company’s 25-year history. He is convinced "Sustainability is worth it."