Food Waste Washi
Echizen City in Fukui Prefecture is a major center for washi paper production. There, papermaker Igarashi Masami created "Food Paper," combining produce like potatoes or onions – mainly discards and scraps from the food industry – with paper mulberry, the traditional material for washi. Her aim is to raise awareness of food loss using traditional crafts. The paper also reflects the natural color of the ingredients; another part of its appeal. It's a new page in the 1,500-year history of Echizen washi.
Onion, grape and mandarin orange "Food Paper"
Traditional washi papermaker Igarashi Masami
Processing vegetable scraps for use in papermaking
Vegetable scraps mixed with washi base material, paper mulberry