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How to Help the Planet with Washable Paper

It Looks Like Leather but Washes Like Fabric

Do you love the look and feel of your leather products but want a more ethical alternative? Maybe it’s time to swap them for washable paper products.

These cellulose-based accessories are the perfect blend of sustainable and stylish. If you were paying attention in biology, you may remember that cellulose is the primary structural compound of the plant cell wall. The fibers of this complex sugar molecule, referred to scientifically as a polysaccharide, can be manufactured to mimic leather. These virgin fibers are sourced from cultivation, instead of deforestation, then stretched, tanned and rolled into place using special rocks. The material is also softened using vegan fats and sewn into various accessories. The result? Beautiful, sustainable and cruelty-free bags that are light as paper but as durable as leather.

Sustainably Sophisticated

For the Italian brand Uashmama, washable paper is the product that brought the small village of Montecatini out of near poverty. Started by the family-run company Le Sorelle, meaning “The Sisters,” Uash is a homonym for wash, while mama is a tribute to their mother. Today, these sophisticated bags have traveled across the pond to the United States and even as far as Australia. To remain authentic, a large group of locals in Montecatini are employed by Uashmama to sew the bags in their homes and ensure that the community thrives.

Uashmama - Faux Leather Paper Bags

Besides replacing conventional leather, these products are considered sustainable for other reasons. They can help reduce the use of traditional paper products such as lunch bags, which are typically discarded after a single use. Since they can be washed and restored to their original condition, they’re perfect for carrying make-up and other messy items. An added bonus is that cellulose fibers are biodegradable as well as recyclable. To keep the bags looking fresh, Uashmama products can be machine- or hand-washed using a mild detergent and ironed back into shape if needed.

Feeling Crafty?

If you’re crafty and love the thought of using washable paper, you’ll be happy to know that you can purchase paper fabric online and fuel your own creativity. People love using washable paper as a stylish home for potted indoor plants. In the kitchen they can be used as fruit bowls or bread baskets. The brand Paplebag even has a soft cover changing pad made of washable paper. If you want to reduce the amount of waste your household disposes of, maybe washable paper could be the trend for you.

Written by guest blogger Elvira Gothlin

comment_2Had you heard of washable paper before this article? Would you use washable paper products in your home? Let us know in the comments!

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Lia Thompson
Lia Thompson
3 years ago

Hi, is amazon the only place you can buy it? I do not shop there for their bad company practices. Disappointed this is in the article.

Kelly Fraga
Kelly Fraga
3 years ago
Reply to  Lia Thompson

You know, I’m feeling a lot of pain over shopping on Amazon too. UGH.

Kristin
Kristin
3 years ago

Oh wow! I would love to use this products!

Elizabeth Kendrick
Elizabeth Kendrick
3 years ago

Awesome info. Never heard of it but excited to see good in Canada

Laura Cable
Laura Cable
3 years ago

WHAT?! This sounds like crazy talk! ha! I’m definitely going to investigate! 😀 Thanks!

Vicki Henry
Vicki Henry
3 years ago

Wow! Washable paper! Yes, I would use & encourage others to do so as well

Rena Drabant
Rena Drabant
3 years ago

These washable paper products are amazing! I love the Norwex mission and how you are always looking for innovative ways to reduce waste. Even if it means finding other companies and highlighting their work and products. My heart soars at the tremendous impact we make as Norwex consultants when we share this incredible business opportunity and products with our friends, family, community, and the world! ♥

Kristy Glaiberman
Kristy Glaiberman
3 years ago

I hadn’t heard of washable paper bags before. I like the look as well as the concept. Thank you for sharing! And I’ll plan on using the Norwex detergent to wash mine.

Kim Metzger
Kim Metzger
3 years ago

I had not heard of washable paper. It sounds a lot like vegan leather. Are they the same?

Jigisha
Jigisha
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim Metzger

Vegan leather often uses chemicals. This is made from a plant-based fiber, so it’s actually better (in terms of environmental impact), than vegan leather.

Jodi Harper
Jodi Harper
3 years ago

Never herd of it would love to purchase it and support

Jodi Anderzhon
Jodi Anderzhon
3 years ago

So cool! I will definitely check this out!

Robin
Robin
3 years ago
Reply to  Jodi Anderzhon

Sounds awesome! this concept & would definitely give it a go!!!

JENI NORTON
JENI NORTON
3 years ago

This is a beautiful, well-written article. The photos and layout are so welcoming and lovely to look at. I would LOVE to use and share these products as well. The story about how this small company is staying authentic, employing local people and continuing to rescue its community from financial peril is so inspiring and heartwarming! Thank you for including that part. Is it OK to share this on social media? Perhaps I need to look further for the “share” button… I often copy and paste links into my FB posts. I just want to be compliant with how I share Norwex material. Thanks!

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Admin
Moderator
3 years ago
Reply to  JENI NORTON

Thanks for your kind words, Jeni! And yes, we were also moved by this company’s concern for the community. Please feel free to share; just look for the various social media icons shown at the bottom of the blog, underneath the listing of resources.

Kathleen Froode
Kathleen Froode
3 years ago

I love the concept of washable paper and would like to try it!

Cathy Fleming
Cathy Fleming
3 years ago

Absolutely!

Samantha Yule
Samantha Yule
3 years ago

I’ve never heard of this! I would definitely like to try it!

Kelly Fraga
Kelly Fraga
3 years ago

I have never heard of this and can’t wait to share with my group!