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FAQ & Information on Paper Not Foil


HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU GET IN A PACK?

500 sheets - equivalent to 200m

WHAT ARE THE SIZE DIFFERENCES? 

Small is 10cm x 40cm, Large is 13cm by 40cm.

CAN THEY BE CUT?

Yes, you can cut Paper Not Foil to any size or shape you like. Popular sizes are in ½, ⅓ and ¼. You can also get creative by cutting into smaller sizes or cutting the corners off. 

WHAT DO THEY COST?

Small is $63 NZD and Large is $73 NZD.

CAN I PURCHASE INTERNATIONALLY?

Yes. We are available in many countries. Click HERE to see the distributor in your country.

DOES PAPER NOT FOIL HOLD HEAT LIKE REGULAR FOIL?

Yes. Our paper foils are a thermal product. They conduct heat the same as foil and help your colour develop correctly. One of the benefits of using Paper instead of aluminium is it reduces the risk of chemical reaction you can get from using metal with colour.

CAN I PUT PAPER NOT FOIL IN THE LANDFILL?

Yes. If you decide not to reuse your papers and put them into the landfill, they won’t produce any toxic waste because they naturally degrade from UV. They do not produce toxic gas or micro particles when they degrade. 

IS PAPER NOT FOIL RECYCLABLE?

Yes. You can recycle Paper Not Foil through your paper or soft plastic recycling systems. Like all recycling, please ensure they are clean from any residue before putting them in the recycling. Being able to be placed with your regional soft plastics or pick up scheme ensures our aim towards a circular economy.

If Paper Not Foil has been diverted to a recycling plant to produce energy - where it is burned or furnaced it will not cause any toxic fumes or damage.
In our manufacturing process any offcuts from Paper Not Foil will be made into more Paper Not Foil.

CAN I REUSE PAPER NOT FOIL? 

Yes you can. You can reuse Paper Not Foil multiple times in the salon. Helping to reduce single waste. Then they can be reused for note taking paper, or as a weed matt in the garden! 

IS PAPER NOT FOIL TOXIC?

No. Paper Not Foil is not toxic to the environment including animals, plants and even us. 

IS PAPER NOT FOIL COMPOSTABLE?

Paper Not Foil can be commercially composted. It’s best to commercially compost Paper Not Foil because compost needs the correct ‘ingredients’ to ensure it breaks down correctly. Also most salons would produce too much paper to be able to compost correctly from home.

IS PAPER NOT FOIL DEGRADABLE?

Yes. Paper Not Foil is degradable. It will start to break down in a matter of months from the sun's UV. It will degrade naturally into an egg-shell texture and continue to break down until a dust powder residue is left. 

CAN I USE PAPER NOT FOIL LIKE REGULAR FOIL?

Yes, of course. We wanted to create a product that was sustainable, but that was also practical and easy like what we are all used to.

IS PAPER NOT FOIL MADE FROM TREES?

There are no trees felled or used in the manufacturing of Paper Not Foil.

WHAT IS PAPER NOT FOIL MADE FROM?

Essentially Paper Not Foil is made from stone (Calcium Carbonate). It is made from recycled industrial waste from the construction industry.

DOES PAPER NOT FOIL SLIP OR BLEED?

We have not experienced much slipping with Paper Not Foil because it has a chalky texture which helps the colour and hair to grip together. But like any foil and colour job you may have this risk due to the texture of the hair, colour used or even how many foils you have in the hair.

HOW DO YOU WASH THEM?

You can simply wash them in the washing machine with your salon towels and capes or wash them by hand. A great tip is to have a bucket of water with a lid on it beside the basin, so when you take them out of the hair you can place them in the bucket to soak until ready to wash, this allows the residue colour to soak off. Learn more about how to wash Paper Not Foil HERE

HOW DO YOU DRY THEM?

You can simply hang them to dry like your salon towels or capes, or you can put them in the dryer on COOL for 10 minutes. 

DO YOU HAVE TO REUSE THEM?

No, you don’t have to reuse your papers to reduce your waste. Simply using Paper Not Foil will help you to reduce your carbon footprint and help you and your salon to reduce toxic waste. However, we do recommend REDUCE/REUSE/RECYCLE.

 

IS IT DEGRADABLE OR BIODEGRADABLE?

Paper Not Foil is fully degradable because it naturally degrades by UV, not by organisms breaking it down as organisms cannot eat stone. Paper Not Foil will degrade into non toxic dust naturally within 18 months depending on the environment it is disposed of. (more or less light). It is completely non toxic to our environment.

 

CAN I USE A HAIRDRYER TO SPEED UP THE PROCESSING TIME?

Yes you can. You can lightly apply heat to your papers to speed up the processing time. Please do this to your colour manufacturing instructions. Paper Not Foil is a thermal product so it will heat up naturally once the colour is applied. 

 

HOW DO YOU USE THEM IN THE HAIR?

Learn how to use Paper Not Foil HERE and check out our Instagram for other educational videos HERE.

 

HOW WILL THESE BENEFIT MY CLIENTS?

It is way more comfortable for your clients than foil. It applies quietly, it is lightweight, when it’s removed it doesn’t pull on the hair and your clients will be happy that they are reducing waste too. We have so many testimonies of clients saying “They are so quiet, I can hear you!”

 

WHY DON'T YOU FOLD THE SIDES IN OR INTO PARCELS LIKE FOIL?

Colour needs oxygen to develop. In the beginning it may feel weird and different not having to fold the corners in or fold into parcels. But you only need to fold your papers up once. It will develop the same, it will perform the same and we have not had any complaints on having the sides exposed. Plus you can watch the colour develop and keep an eye on them. It also makes it much easier to remove from the hair.

 

DO YOU HAVE TO PREPARE THEM LIKE FOIL?

No. You can simply cut multiple at once with scissors or leave them at the length they come. If you choose to reuse them, the time it takes to prepare your regular foil is replaced by washing and drying, but it’s often quicker, just like your salon towels. 

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WASH AND DRY THEM?

As long as you want or as long as your salon allows. It’s faster to wash them in the washing machine then hang them to dry, than it is to hand wash. It’s really up to you and your salon on how you want to do it and how long it takes depending on staff.

 

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT USING THEM IN MY SALON?

Follow along on our social media where we share educational videos and information daily and weekly. Connect on Instagram HERE and on Facebook HERE.

 

IF MY PAPERS COME OUT OF THE WASH STAINED FROM A PREVIOUS COLOUR, WILL THIS AFFECT THE QUALITY OF MY NEXT COLOUR JOB?

No. If your papers are clean this will not affect the quality of your next colour. Some of our Paper Not Foil salons use the stained papers for bold and bright colours and only use the bleached papers for bleach colours. But no, this will not affect the quality of your next colour if you choose to reuse them. 

 

MY PAPERS HAVE COME OUT WRINKLED IN THE WASHING MACHINE, WILL THEY STILL WORK THE SAME?

The papers can come out scrunched up, but it's easy to just open them up, flatten into a pile with your hand and hang to dry on the clothesline or around the salon. Being slightly crinkled does not interfere with your colour placement. Once you get the hang of flattening and keeping them in piles while being stored it becomes very easy! 

 

CERTIFICATIONS AND INFORMATION

Here are a few attributes to Paper Not Foil.

We have acquired certifications to define/calculate impact on health, climate and environment and manufacturing where possible.

Our partner company and Paper Not Foil as one of the products we develop went through a life cycle assessment through C2C (Cradle to Cradle) and Environmental Choice along with ISO manufacturing accreditations.

Paper Not Foil Certifications - 

  • ISO14001 Accreditation
  • ISO 9001 Accreditation
  • Certified for its material content, recyclability, and manufacturing characteristics. C2Ccertified.org   ( licensed by C2CPII )
  • Achieved ROHS & REACH Testing (SGS)
  • FDA and EU compliant - FDA Compliance Certificate for the code of Federal Regulations with respect to soluble and extractable matter as an environmental paper and food grade suitability
  • Gaia-concept BV in Holland have obtained KIWA certification
  • Environmental Choice Certification in two paper categories (EC-10-07 & EC-26-27)

These collectively cover the aspects of Paper Not Foil manufacture to disposal.

Paper Not Foil uses no water in it's manufacturing, only in reuse and would never get to a fraction of the water production levels used by aluminium, pulp paper or plastic.


* No bleaches, acid, alkali or other potentially dangerous ingredients are used in the production of Paper Not Foil. As the paper gets it’s white colour from the high concentration of calcium carbonate which is naturally white. This means that Paper Not Foil does not pollute the air, rivers and drinking water reserves with any harmful chemicals.

* Paper Not Foil uses significantly less energy to produce, using renewable, solar or wind only.

*Paper Not Foil is made from a waste resource and can be reused and recycled in a number of ways. E.g Number 2 and soft plastics as calcium carbonate is a useful additive when recycling plastics. It can be returned and injection moulded into pallets; wrapping paper, wallboards and many other products or can be burned to create energy without toxic smoke along with degrading with no detriment to land, air, water or life. Paper Not Foil becomes a full circle product. (Closed circle) This all depends on local recycling and pick up agents in each country. As a company and brand we endorse - Reduce, Reuse and then Recycle.

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