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Jakarta Post

Finding a use for used paper

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 20 2009   /  01:12 pm

Paper paradise: A range of paper products are on sale at the Jiro Production showroom in Yogyakarta. JP/Slamet Susanto For many people old papers and magazines have little value - indeed, are nothing but garbage. But as one small Yogyakarta-based enterprise is showing, waste paper can be turned into a variety of environmentally friendly, artistic, functional handicrafts. The artisans at Jiro Production, established in 2003 by Iswandari Ratna Setyawati and her friend Yani, turn used paper into all kinds of items, including baskets, coasters, tissue boxes, photo frames and mirror frames. "We are *allergic' to wood and use metals and chemicals as little as possible. If we use wood, we might be promoting illegal logging because we don't know where the wood comes from. It might be obtained illegally," said Ratna, affectionately called Nana, who is in charge of ...