Sustainability Stories

James Cropper

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers.  
4th Feb 2020
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Throughout 174 years of high-quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.

With Mark Cropper now at the helm, the business is leading the way in developing sustainable processes and products, recycling waste and providing paper packaging alternatives to plastic. This includes a novel paper-based alternative to moulded plastic packaging, which is fully recyclable and available in any customer, shape or texture.

Details of James Cropper’s latest Sustainable Stories which are tackling plastic packaging and leading the transition towards a circular economy, can be found below.


CupCyclingTM is a technology innovated by James Cropper that extracts the polythene lining of disposable coffee cups, enabling them to be recycled and transformed into high-quality paper, packaging and stationery products. By working with retailers such as McDonald’s and Costa, James Cropper has implemented the infrastructure needed to collect single-use waste products and transform them into beautiful papers and packaging for the likes of Selfridges and Lush. Circular design is at the core of CupCyclingTM. To date, James Cropper has recycled over 100 million coffee cups and has capacity to upcycle 500 million cups per year.

Read more about the CupCyclingTM story here.


COLOURFORMTM offers bespoke, coloured packaging solutions which are 100% renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Made from FSC wood fibre and high-quality content from James Cropper’s recycling plant, COLOURFORM packaging can be moulded into any shape, in any colour, with a quality, tactile finish. With a rapidly expanding client base, from luxury brands to FMCG and cosmetics companies, COLOURFORM is meeting the needs of complex and high-end design, while revolutionising sustainable packaging.

Read about COLOURFORM’s partnership with Lush here and Floral Street, here.