Phumani Paper produces hand crafted paper that is uniquely South African as the fibres that are utilized in the production of the paper are either indigenous to South Africa or are invasive plant species. These fibres have their own tactile qualities in terms of texture, colour and properties and this in turn affects the overall appearance of the finished product. The papers created by the Phumani producer groups, generally have a raw earthy feel that cannot be reproduced in any other country as the paper takes on the colour and feel of the natural vegetation found in South Africa.
The Phumani Paper crafters furthermore utilize these interesting and unique papers to produce innovative products such as:
- customized packaging made to the client’s specifications,
- conference ranges,
- corporate gift ranges,
- cards and stationery and
- lifestyle ranges that transform paper to a different dimension, thereby adding beauty and innovation
through product diversification.
Most of the handmade paper crafters are located in rural areas - where few employment and marketing opportunities exist. Phumani Paper supports the small business enterprises by providing access to markets, business skills training and innovative product design and development. Each unit has undergone, and continues to undergo, specifically targeted training to attain the high levels of skill needed to compete within the craft sector on a local and international level.
Phumani Paper develops and produces market and trend focused products that are environmentally and socially conscious in terms of its’ production process. It is Phumani’s belief that its’ success in developing such products relates directly to Southern Africa’s broad environmental and socio-economic development agenda.
Phumani Paper is registered as a Section 21 company, to enable the clear definition of its role in creating further capacity for existing projects and their current product ranges, whilst identifying locations for potential new projects, when the existing projects encounter full capacity in production. The ideology is based on maintaining current employment, and identifying future job creation whilst maintaining marketable quality and managing the supply chain for maximum benefit to each and every producer.