A tin figure travels around the world

"The Papyrus from the Göltzsch"

The Papyrus from the Göltzsch in a Box

Figure 1: The cooperation project "Papyrer von der Göltzsch" focuses on two old crafts: the production of paper and tin casting. The box impressively demonstrates that sustainability and high-quality packaging for luxury items can be combined. Source: Koehler Paper SE

A small tin figurine is currently on a world tour in an ecological luxury packaging. Together with the Koehler paper factory in Greiz, the Nuremberg packaging manufacturer RISSMANN, druckpartner GmbH from Essen and the tin figure publisher bellazinnfigur, the project "The Papyrer from the Göltzsch" was launched.

Recently, the kick-off for this international project took place in the Vogtlandhalle in Greiz. Representatives from politics, business and the press were present. MDR, Funke Mediengruppe and other media have already reported in detail. The papyrus from the Göltzsch will then be presented next at the Luxe Pack trade fair in Shanghai and in September in Monaco. Further events are planned for later this year in London, Hamburg and at the Zeche Zollverein World Heritage Site in Essen. With the international distribution networks of Koehler and RISSMANN, the project will also be presented in the USA, Asia and Australia.

The box is strictly limited and will not be sold. It is a prime example of how traditional craftsmanship and sustainability can be combined. The aim is to demonstrate that recycled paper and cardboard meet the highest standards of elegance and quality. With this project, the participating companies want to make a contribution to sustainability, the promotion of beautiful crafts and sensual media. Paper and tin complement each other in the process. The Koehler company in Greiz on the Göltzsch river in the beautiful Vogtland region is the only paper mill in Europe to produce fine cardboard exclusively from recycled paper. All papers are certified with the Blue Angel.

In addition to the 54 mm tin figure engraved on both sides, the luxurious box contains a high-quality printed and refined booklet with interesting facts about the "Papyrer von der Göltzsch" and a postcard. The tin figure engraved by Regina Sonntag in Schieferstein depicts a papermaker at his vat at the end of thesixteenthcentury. In the background, a watercolour diorama by Leipzig artist Sascha Lunyakov shows a historic paper workshop. The motif was created especially for this project. High-quality paper has been made on the Göltzsch river in the Vogtland region for over 400 years.

The cardboard box with the tin figure has been certified by various national and international institutions, such as the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, the European Commission or the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Together with the tin figure, it stands as a reference for the beautiful crafts, for sustainability and sensual media. The two crafts, papermaking and the creation of cultural-historical tin figures are united. With this project, the cooperation partners involved want to be a message for high craftsmanship, for responsible creation, for a return to the senses and for the sustainable use of our environmental resources.

Further information is available on the internet at www.papyrer.de. There, anyone interested can also download the booklet as a PDF in German and English. A documentary film by MDR about the project can be found in the ARD media library using the search term "luxury packaging".

Figure 2: The sample figure staged in colour by Martin Lother could be admired at the launch in Greiz and is now in the reception rooms of Koehler GmbH in Oberkirch.

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