Eric Benson

Designer, educator, author, activist, and international speaker.


Fresh Press

“Grow Your Own Paper” poster

Fresh Press promotional t-shirts

Fresh Press paper branding

Fresh Press focuses on the better utilization of crop residue (agricultural residue) to create more sustainable commercial paper products (paper and/or packaging). It has been funded since 2012 by the University of Illinois Student Sustainability Committee.

Our research could not be done alone. As artists and designers we started this project using the art of hand papermaking to test the viability of many agricultural fibers in sheet form. However to actually scientifically explore and test our results we needed to work with experts in those areas

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