Where the paper comes from

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Quo Vadis uses Clairefontaine paper for most of our agendas. (The recycled paper used in the Equology line comes from another French company.) Clairefontaine is famous for its exceptionally white and ultra smooth paper.   It is the best paper in the world for writing.

The paper used for Quo Vadis planners is made at the  main Clairefontaine mill   located in the Vosges region of France. It is situated 90 km from Strasbourg in the  Meurthe river valley.  Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of Alsace in north-eastern France.

In 1858, Jean-Baptiste Bichelberger chose the small town of Etival-Clairefontaine in the Vosges mountains to set up his paper mill.  It is in the heart of a region with a long-standing tradition of paper-making. Clairefontaine was established on the site of a paper mill built in 1512.

Taking advantage of the rags supplied by the local textile industry, Clairefontaine quickly became one of the most important mills in the area. The mill has been making paper since 1858 and stationery products since 1890.

Clairefontaine paper is shipped in rolls from the mill to the Quo Vadis manufacturing plant in Hamburg, NY.   The paper is different colors and weights for the different books: most are bright white, but some are ivory and others tinted a very light mint green. The planners made at the Hamburg plant are destined for the U.S, Canada, Australia and the U.K.

Read about Clairefontaine’s environmental commitment here.

Learn more about the different Clairefontaine mills here.

Who is Claire Fontaine?

3 thoughts on “Where the paper comes from

  1. Thank you for telling us about this. It’s very interesting to know the history and how/ where the paper is made!

    I have to agree, the Clairefontaine paper is the best I’ve ever found for writing. And after using my Equology Minister for awhile now, I’m addicted to the Equology paper too!

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