Hemp paper - environmentally friendly and best paper characteristics at the same time, is that possible? Yes!

With Gmund Hanf, Gmund makes a statement for ecological action and is the winner of the German Sustainability Award for the industrial production of hemp paper as a packaging alternative. 

Hemp paper is the sustainable alternative to conventional paper made from wood – resource-saving, high-quality, durable and recyclable. Gmund Hanf papers are available in grammages of 120 g/m² and 320 g/m² and are suitable for brochures, packaging and greeting cards. Particularly impressive in combination with blind embossing and therefore very popular with the letterpress community.

„ Letterpress and hemp - that inspires! 
Texture and feel achieve a very natural "Finish".“

Hans Schwarz, Letterpress

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An excellent environmental balance for hemp paper

What are the advantages of hemp paper compared to classically produced wood-based papers? Why hemp paper? Trees grow slowly, but hemp is a fast-growing and readily renewable raw material. Hemp plants can be cultivated easily and utilized fully. Hemp paper is a sustainable alternative to conventional wood-based paper.
Eight reasons for this:

  • One field of hemp yields four to five times as much paper as a forest of the same size..
  • Hemp grows to a height of up to four meters per year.
  • Hemp can be harvested three times each year, but trees can be harvested only once every seven years.
  • Hemp produces more biomass than any other domestic crop.
  • Hemp plants are pest resistant and require less pesticides during cultivation.
  • Hemp eliminates its own weeds, so less herbicides are used.
  • The hemp fiber is naturally light and requires less bleaching
  • The long hemp fibers improve the waste paper cycle and can be recycled more often.

Hemp paper from Gmund - high-quality design with exceptional characteristics

Up to 100% European hemp becomes an ecological and creative sensation from Gmund Papier. Soft to the touch with a wild surface, design meets nature. Pulp from hemp has five times longer fibers than from wood. That is why hemp paper has high tensile, tear and wet strength. Unlike wood paper, hemp paper hardly yellows and has a much longer durability.

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Paper made from 100% hemp - only Gmund Papier can do that.

After the hemp paper of the Bio Cycle collection made from 50% cannabis pulp comes the ecological and creative sensation: paper made from 100% European hemp. Due to its long fibers, it is firm in structure, soft to the touch and wild in appearance. In addition, Gmund Hemp is produced without dyes. Stable, durable and pure nature.

Choose Gmund hemp in different paper qualities:

Good: Gmund Hanf 10 %with pure pulp

Better: Gmund Hanf 50 %with recycled paper fibers
Best: Gmund Hanf 100 % - pure nature

Gmund hemp paper is a paper for almost all printing techniques

Gmund Hanf is suitable for many common printing techniques:

  • Offset printing
  •  Letterpress
  • Silkscreen
  • Blind embossing
  • Hot-foil stamping
  • Die cutting

 The Gmund ECO certificate for sustainability applies to Gmund Hanf. Customers can have this logo printed on products made from Gmund Hanf – a clear sign that this hemp paper is sustainably produced.

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Hemp paper celebrates its comeback

Hemp paper is cool – and always has been. Hemp (cannabis) is a plant genus in the hemp family. One of the first plants used by humankind, hemp is extremely pest-resistant and very easy to cultivate. Paper made from hemp was already the first choice more than 2,000 years ago. In the past, the processing of hemp’s very long and unruly fibers was laborious manual work – and hemp paper was correspondingly costly to produce. Cheaper wood-containing papers supplanted hemp paper in the 19th century.

Hemp is one of the oldest natural raw materials for paper

  • Hemp was used to make paper very early in the history of human civilization.
  • By 1883, between 75 and 90% of the paper produced worldwide was made from hemp fiber. The Gutenberg Bible is a famous example: printed on hemp paper in 1455, it would have disintegrated long ago if it had been printed on wood-based paper.
  • Despite all the advantages of hemp paper, the cultivation of hemp was prohibited in many countries. As a result, hemp paper likewise disappeared from the scene… until now. 

In recent years, the cultivation of commercial hemp has again been permitted in large parts of Europe. Pioneering hemp fields are being planted and their long-fibered crop is harvested for use by the paper industry. For the sake of the environment and because hemp paper simply makes everyone happy, we now manufacture Gmund Hanf from up to 100% pure hemp fiber.r.


"Sustainability is the topic for us as a Green Window Agency. It is nice that it has now founts its way onto our desks" 
Katrin Schiebler

"If sustainable products are this much fun   then we have achieved our goal."
Thomas Bober

„ Letterpress and hemp - that inspires! 
Texture and feel achieve a very natural "Finish".“
Hans Schwarz, Letterpress