Not all paper is created equal, but when it comes to quality, luxury, and sustainability there are two types of stocks that have become the paper industry’s favourites: Cotton and Bamboo. They share similarities that might make you think they are interchangeable, but in fact they are quite different. The subtle variations are what make each one unique and both equally suitable as a premium stock for business cards.
Both Cotton and Bamboo stocks are uncoated, speck-free, and richly textured. They are perfect for letterpress because, while soft to the touch, their complex structure and strength is ideal for withstanding the intense pressure of letterpress operation and still rendering sharp and clean impressions with lots of detail.
There is a crispness and familiarity to Cotton. It is the most common of the tree-free fibers and has always been recognized for its soft and lavish feel, becoming the gold standard of paper. And because Cotton is stronger than wood pulp–based papers, it is favoured for its durability.
Bamboo stock embodies all of Cotton’s coveted qualities – texture, durability, and luxury – plus one more: sustainability. Bamboo stock has recently gained popularity thanks to its environmental properties, becoming the ultimate alternative fiber for paper-making. As you probably know, Bamboo is one of the most renewable resources available and the fastest-growing plant on earth; some species grow up to 90 centimeters a day without the need for pesticides or much water. Bamboo fibers are also stronger than wood and therefore business cards made with this unique material are more durable than wood, but that doesn’t translate into stiffness. Bamboo cards render a sophisticated tactile experience, crucial for a memorable first impression.
Looking closely, Bamboo’s beautiful woven surface features a slightly larger pattern and more texture than Cotton, and its off-white hue gives it a unique warm and earthy feeling, ideal for business cards that are meant to be held and kept.
Bamboo stock is the ultimate backdrop for letterpress, embossing, and foiling, whether you choose 16pt or a thicker 36pt. Request your sample pack today and compare for yourself these two exceptional printing materials that will make your business cards stand out.