Alga Carta is made from a combination of FSC controlled wood pulp and pest algae sourced from the Venice lagoon.
The creation of Alga Carta dates back to the early 1990s, when the Venice Lagoon was infested with an abnormal amount of algae that, due to artificial nutrients in the polluted waters and continued high summer temperatures, began to grow abnormally, making the ecosystem unstable. The Venice Water Authority, with the Consorzio Venezia Nuova, began collecting algae to prevent deoxygenation of the Lagoon and the subsequent death of the aquatic native organisms. Since pest algae are a difficult material to dispose of, various possibilities for recycling it began to be explored and one of the solutions, sponsored by the EU with the LIFE project, was to use it in papermaking. Thus in 1993 the first sample of Alga Carta was created.
Alga Carta complies with the ISO 9706 requirements concerning stability, furthermore, it is suitable for applications requiring “Acid-Free” paper and it is fully biodegradable and recyclable.
Available in B1 foils (70 cm x 1 m – 27.56 x 39.37 inches) in two weights (90 and 350 gr./sq. meter) and in ivory color.