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Posted 10/7/2012 by Mama 2b&j in General Scrappin'
 

Mama 2b&j
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:26:57 AM
I just looked at washi tape - I know I'm late to the party on this trend.

It looks amazing and very versatile. But I read that it's biodegradable, which concerns me if I'm using it on a LO.

Is it all biodegradable ? Are certain washi's better than others, i.e. if I buy a scrap brand from here is that safer than buying it from a washi tape store. Or am I just being too paranoid about it

shimelle
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Posted: 10/7/2012 1:57:43 PM
Keep in mind... paper is also biodegradable. If you take a page out of the page protector and bury it in the garden for twenty years, paper, stickers, and tape are going to break down in the soil before brads, rhinestones and plastic shapes. (Obviously that would be a really random thing to do and I don't suggest burying one's pages in the garden!) The biodegradable aspect of washi tape is often mentioned when it's discussed as a gift wrap option, because the plain tape often used for gift wrap does not biodegrade easily, making it the washi a much more environmentally friendly option.

There are many who have had concerns with acidity in washi tape. There was a recent discussion of that and specific brands here that might be useful for you. There are several varied opinions represented there, as each scrapper draws her own line about how important the archival aspect is to her work.

If it's just the biodegradable aspect that concerns you, think about other biodegradable products you know as a judgement. Butcher paper and newsprint are both biodegradable - they age, but kept in the cool, dry and shade they certainly don't break down completely or quickly. Newsprint yellows over time but the same piece of newsprint kept on acid/lignin-free cardstock in a page protector yellows much less than one kept in a drawer or on a shelf.

I hope that helps a little bit with your decision. I love washi and happily use it, but I understand the concerns of those who want to maintain museum-quality archival conditions too.


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caz hancock
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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:42:51 PM
this does not bother me as over time as shimelle said paper is the same and other items we use such as tags, die cuts etc

i LOVE washi tape, i am a huge addict and have well over 100 rolls of the stuff and i use it on everything even around the house

I am on the DT over at freckled fawn you should go have a nosy and see the many different ways of using it, it is amazing for finishing off a layout


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Caroline
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Mama 2b&j
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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:24:51 PM
Thank you both. Serious head slap with not thinking about paper being biodegradable!

I think it was the site where I was reading about it made such a big deal about it, all I could see was it breaking down in 6 months.

Shimelle - my boys would love to do that experiment, bury one of my pages and see what happens to it in 1 month, 3 months etc

Caz - that Freckled Fawn ad on the bottom of the page is what really drew me in to really look at the washi tape

shimelle
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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:31:20 PM
It does sound like a cool science fair experiment really... but I would be providing a fake page quicker than they could get their hands on my albums!


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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:22:40 PM

It does sound like a cool science fair experiment really... but I would be providing a fake page quicker than they could get their hands on my albums!



I'm sure I could come up with something for them. Scary but now I'm really considering this, just for the heck of it.

amytangerine
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:59:36 PM
it's no secret that i love this stuff and find it very addictive. However since the last thread i have been a bit more cautious of using washi tape directly on my photos. that's the only thing that's changed a tad.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 5:49:10 AM

my boys would love to do that experiment, bury one of my pages and see what happens to it


Oh, some of the subjects of my pages would love to bury some of my pages, too!


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