kome-kami products

paper made from discarded rice kome-kami

Introduction to Kome-kami

We have named the paper material made from upcycled rice, such as rice that can no longer be consumed, "kome-kami" (rice paper), which was developed as the first edition of food loss paper. This material is made by upcycling various types of rice that are not suitable for consumption, such as expired rice, alpha rice used for stockpiling, crushed rice generated by manufacturers, and rice that cannot be used for food at home or during distribution. These types of rice are transformed into paper material through the process of upcycling.

Traditionally in Japan, there has been a connection between rice and paper.

The paper manufacturing method was introduced in 610 AD. The oldest paper manufactured in Japan is located in Shosoin, Nara Prefecture. During the Nara period, there was a growing demand for it to be used as a material for copying sutras, and Japan will continue to evolve uniquely. As a rule of letters in the Kamakura period (1185 – 1333), there was a rule that samurai use paper using rice and a court noble use paper that does not use rice. In the Edo period(1603 – 1868), a wide variety of rice-filled paper was born and seems to have been used for ukiyo-e, important documents, and recycled paper. However, after the Edo period, such a culture disappeared for efficiency.

Through kome-kami, we also aim to introduce this culture of "mottainai" (not letting anything go to waste) that has existed since the Edo period to as many people as possible.

Rich texture to feel rice

The rich texture of the paper itself is combined with the texture of rice to create a rough yet moist, contradictory surface. The color has become a natural whiteness reminiscent of freshly picked glossy rice. In Japan, rice had been used as a raw material for paper until the Edo period(1603 – 1868). It is a traditional yet new material that inherits the “Mottainai” spirit of Edo priod.“Mottainai” is a Japanese traditional word roughly translated to mean “what a waste.” We hold immense power over the environments we live in, and each of us has a responsibility to take care of this planet. ( In Japan, kome means rice and kami means paper.)Kome-kami is also FSC-certified and further considers the environment.

The goal is to eliminate food loss and waste

Globally, around 14 percent of food produced is lost between harvest and retail, while an estimated 17 percent of total global food production is wasted. In Japan, Annual food loss is 6.34 million tons. Municipalities and businesses may also spend money on disposal. On the other hand, ingredients of food loss and waste is used to support people in need, but loss still occurs. By collecting such discarded rice, converting it into raw materials, and donating a part of the sales to the food bank,we support the effective use of food loss.
Through kome-kami, we hope to raise awareness of the culture of "mottainai" (not letting anything go to waste) that has existed since the Edo period, and to encourage people to imagine what they can do in their daily lives to reduce food waste. 

Achieving "recycling utilization" using non-edible rice

After being used, the product is recycled as waste paper and reborn as recycled paper. In this way, kome-kami aims to create a circular society.

Relationship between this initiative and SDGs


    We provide food to people who have trouble eating by supporting food banks.(2.1)


    Reduce food loss and waste by supporting food banks.(13.1)

Examples used

It is used in many products such as packages, booklets, business cards, and stationery.

  • kome-kami note

    kome-kami note

  • kome-kami name card

    kome-kami name card

  • kome-kami bag

    kome-kami bag

  • kome-kami envelope

    kome-kami envelope

  • kome-kami package

    kome-kam pakage,post card







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