Milestones
2019
idea and hypothesis testing: leaf contain 42% of fiber
2020
Laboratory and pilot testing: pilot production launched, first 20,000$ of funds raised
2021
Establishment of contract production & sales, 50 tons of paper manufactured. Releaf became a partner with Canopy Planet & WWF
2022
Volumes growth, start of export. L'Oreal, Chanel, Schneider Electric, Samsung, Weleda, Ariston became a customers of Releaf
Our motto:
PAPER IS WOODLESS
Our motto:
PAPER IS WOODLESS
Valentyn frechka & carphatian forests

History of invention

Valentyn Frechka, 16-years old Ukrainian student, deceided to study alternative sources of cellulose and thereby reduce deforestation. He began by researching grass and straw, testing how much cellulose they contained and whether it could be removed. Accidentally Valentyn drew his attention to the nearest Carpathian forest. He wondered why fallen leaves could not be a source of cellulose?

It turns out that you can get its fibers from the leaves by the same method as from wood. Nothing works at the beginning as the leaves fell apart. But in early 2018 during long experiments in school lab he finally obtained for the first time suitable prototypes.

Having complete technology he began to participate in national and international competitions. Next 2 year he visited worldwide shool Olympiad presenting his invention. It has been duly appreaciated: inventor won gold at the National Olympiad for ecology, research & technical contest Intel Eco Ukraine, international Olympiad I_Fest, climatic Olympiad in Kenya and much more.

In the fall of 2018 Valentyn was invited to work in R&D Department of Zhytomyr Paper combine etreprise where he got a position of expert for innovations.

During his 2-year work in Paper combine enterprise the product was finally done. Valentyn realized that he should look for opportunities to produce paper on an industrial scale. Now he finally decided to create a company based on his development.

Valentyn Frechka, 16-years old Ukrainian student, deceided to study alternative sources of cellulose and thereby reduce deforestation. He began by researching grass and straw, testing how much cellulose they contained and whether it could be removed. Accidentally Valentyn drew his attention to the nearest Carpathian forest. He wondered why fallen leaves could not be a source of cellulose?

It turns out that you can get its fibers from the leaves by the same method as from wood. Nothing works at the beginning as the leaves fell apart. But in early 2018 during long experiments in school lab he finally obtained for the first time suitable prototypes.

Having complete technology he began to participate in national and international competitions. Next 2 year he visited worldwide shool Olympiad presenting his invention. It has been duly appreaciated: inventor won gold at the National Olympiad for ecology, research & technical contest Intel Eco Ukraine, international Olympiad I_Fest, climatic Olympiad in Kenya and much more.

In the fall of 2018 Valentyn was invited to work in R&D Department of Zhytomyr Paper combine etreprise where he got a position of expert for innovations.

During his 2-year work in Paper combine enterprise the product was finally done. Valentyn realized that he should look for opportunities to produce paper on an industrial scale. Now he finally decided to create a company based on his development.

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Releaf's founders
Valentyn Frechka
Technology, production, product development
Author of technology for obtaining fiber from biologial wastes. Member of Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Winner of international school Olympiads in Ukraine, Kenya, USA, South Korea, Tunisia. Included in the Forbes list "30 under 30".
Alexander Sobolenko
Management, commerce, business development
Entrepreneur, founder of multiple companies in circular economy, customer service and real estate industries. Expert in foreign economic activity.
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