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HANDMADE PAPER FROM INVASIVE PLANTS

Invasive non-native plant species are those that do not grow in natural habitats and because of this the structure of the ecosystem and its function change. Due to their problematic nature, the PAPLAB workshop was opened in the Slovenian capital, which operates under the auspices of the public company VOKA SNAGA. In it, they revived more than 400 years old craft knowledge and upgraded it by designing innovative products. The workshop was designed as part of the European project APPLAUSE, for which they also obtained financial resources.

Invasive non-native plant species have largely been introduced by humans, either intentionally or unintentionally. Due to the changing structure of the ecosystem, they displace natural growth and cause many problems (they are allergenic, invasive, resistant…) and economic damage. They are most often found along roads, railways, rivers and streams and in abandoned and functionally degraded areas.

In the PAPLAB workshop, they believe that by raising awareness among people, they can succeed in removing non-native plants. On the website, they therefore offer advice on how to get rid of them at home, and collect them themselves at the collection center on Povšetova. In the workshop for hand-made paper, in which they use machines that are more than a hundred years old, bought from the company Vevče d.o.o., they then create a unique collection of unique products.

Their main product is handmade paper of various sizes, colors and weights. As part of our sustainable action plan, children from Ljubljana kindergartens and primary schools will also draw on it, and the Municipality of Ljubljana will display their products in the City Hall during the Women’s EHF Euro 2022 (between November 8 and 13).

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