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Burlap bag gets new life at Menasha paper company

George A. Whiting Paper Co. turns landfill-bound waste into paper

7:04 AM, Oct. 14, 2013
George A. Whiting Paper Co. in Menasha is turning used coffee bean bag fiber into paper.
George A. Whiting Paper Co. in Menasha is turning used coffee bean bag fiber into paper.
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The ingenuity of a Midwestern inventor, coupled with the expertise of a Menasha paper company, has given new life to burlap coffee bean bags headed to landfills across the U.S.

Entrepreneur Ted Gast came up with the idea of repurposing coffee bean bag fiber into paper after he was approached by a St. Louis coffee roaster who urged him and his business partner, Kelly Stewart, to take their mounting supply of old burlap bags and find new use for them.

Gast, president of St. Louis-based Arch Paper, is a chemist with extensive experience creating sustainable specialty papers including Vintage ...

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