SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — From enjoying the great outdoors to covering topics like climate change, Jurriaan Kamp, a journalist, felt inspired to share stories that make a difference.
"We were always looking for what went wrong, and at some point, I decided, 'How we can make it right?'" Kamp said.
That thought led him to create his own magazine called "Kamp Solutions," and as the name states, the articles focus on different ways world problems related to the environment could be solved. His main focus is to utilize a new way to create paper without losing trees. Kamp discovered the Taiwan Lung Meng Tech Co. product called stone paper. It's a type of paper made of plant-based plastics and stone waste. The smooth texture of the product is also water-resistant.
"If you write it with a pen, you will find that you slide over it very easily. It writes very smoothly, and that is because, of course, stone. But, it is glued together with a plastic that is plant-based, can be plant-based, and that also means it's biodegradable," Kamp said.
According to the manufacturer, the paper is made in Taiwan and uses 80% stone waste and 20% of a plant-based plastic that's stretched into rolls of paper. Since the paper is mineral-based, it can be continuously recycled, according to Kamp.
In 2020, the e-commerce packaging industry had been valued to be about $27 billion. As more e-commerce companies such as Amazon and Etsy push for sustainable packaging, Kamp is hopeful more manufacturers in the U.S. will consider stone paper cardboard for product packaging.
"This is a piece of cardboard that has no trees, has no water, and is just totally from stone waste and that plant-based plastic. Now that is disruptive, we can make all boxes from this material," Kamp said as he held the sample.
Throughout the years, reporting on environmental solutions has become a passion for Kamp. That's why he's hoping to see more consumers and manufacturers turn the page on traditional products in hopes of creating an eco-friendly solution.