What is Community Supported Agriculture?

A CSA or “community supported agriculture” is an alternative to buying your produce at a market. It is a network where people like you buy a “share” or portion of the farm harvest that you pick up or is delivered to your front door. With Fiber, instead of produce, we sell paper made from the remnants (waste) from the farm harvest - corn or soy stalks, tomato or eggplant vines, and native prairie grasses. Buying a share of Fiber helps support student workers, healthy eating, and a circular economy made of sustainable paper products.

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Who is making your paper?

Your paper and notebooks are handmade by a small group of dedicated and talented students who believe in hard work, beautiful paper, and and a better future through economic and environmental sustainability. They are undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Illinois who not only hand pull sheets of corn, soy, or prairie grass paper, but also plant, weed, and harvest them on the sustainable student farm. Paper made by students and funded by students. The Student Sustainability Committee helped fund this endeavor

 

What is our Carbon Footprint?

From the Sustainable Student Farm to Fresh Press to the South Quad, our paper travels a total of 4.4 miles emitting about 4 lbs of greenhouse gases (if we drive!). Compare that to tree-fiber paper which has to travel around 2.700 miles from the Boreal Forests in British Columbia Canada to paper mills in Wisconsin and finally here to campus, you save 2353 lbs of greenhouse gases by transportation from entering our atmosphere. If you factor in manufacturing, our paper prevents even more greenhouse gas emissions.