Australian company Karst Stone Paper has been awarded B Corporation status for its entire business, which sustainably produces woodless pencils, and design-led notebooks and sketchpads using paper made from stone.
To receive certified B Corporation status means the company considers how its decisions impact its workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment. It is one of the only certifications that applies to a whole business, not just the product it creates or the service it provides.
Karst is one of 3096 companies across 150 industries in 71 countries to receive this certification. All companies share one unifying goal, to use business as a force for good.
The company describes itself as producing ‘complementary tools in a world of digital devices. Luxury stationery that slips into your lifestyle.’ The stone Karst uses for its books is made from calcium carbonate, repurposed from waste stone produced by the mining and construction industry. This waste material is crushed into a powder and combined with a non-toxic, recyclable binding agent. Karst says: ‘Not one drop of water and not one tree was harmed in the making of these notebooks.’