‘Perfectly crafted’ cigarette papers

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A pack of 50 rolling papers I found on the pavement. It is not clear who the manufacturer is or what the brand is, and a Google search was not helpful. The packaging on front and back reads: 'Perfectly crafted; 100% natural arabic gum, sustainably sourced; all our papers are chlorine free'.

Where and how is it used?

To roll cigarettes, though not by me as I don't smoke. I picked it up because I was intrigued by the wording on the packaging. I will probably put them in the bin after uploading them into the museum.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

Don't know; probably the standard rate for 50 rolling papers.

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

I wanted to add it to the museum because I was intrigued about the wording 'Perfectly crafted'. In what way are these 'crafted' rather that just manufactured? I'm increasingly seeing products marketed with the words 'craft', 'artisan' etc, and I wonder what they mean by it.


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

Don't know, there are no manufacturer details on it.

Who was paid to make it?

Factory workers; machine operators?

What skills does it take to make it?

Don't know, but presumably how to operate the machines in the factory.

Where was it made?

Don't know.

What does it cost to make it?

Don't know, but I suspect a few pence.

What is it made from?

1. Packaging:

Card with printed words on

2. Rolling papers:

Chlorine-free paper and 100% arabic gum, sustainably sourced

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Manufacturer, retailer

Who or what assesses its quality?

Factory workers or supervisors?

Where is it sold?

Newsagents, supermarkets, petrol stations etc.

Who or what sells it?

Newsagents, supermarket staff, petrol station attendants etc.

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

I don't know.; I just found it on the pavement. Probably by lorry to the shop and by pocket from thereon.

Where is it used?

In the hand and mouth.

Where is it kept?

In someone's pocket probably.

How and by whom is it cared for?

Doesn't require much care, except perhaps to keep them dry.

How long will it last?

Years probably if kept dry.

Where will it go when it's finished with?

This one will go in the bin. The papers were intended to be burned though.

What is it worth?

Nothing to me, other than as a curiosity.


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Questions and answers

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Question: Why do manufacturers use the word 'craft' to market their products and is it legitimate for them to do so?

Answers:

Hi,

I'm Daisy, a Commodity Consultant, and I've found the following information on use of the word 'craft' or 'artisan' to market products. From what I can tell there is no legal restriction on using the word 'crafted' as long as it is not misleading to the consumer. For example, the term 'hand-crafted' would be contestable if your product isn't hand-made:

Definition of craft:
Noun: An activity involving skill in making things by hand: "the craft of cobbling"
Verb: exercise skill in making (an object), typically by hand: "he crafted the chair lovingly"
Source: Google search: 'definition of craft'

Labels must not be misleading about things like:

quantity or size
the price
what it’s made of
how, where and when it was made
what you say it can do
the people or organisations that endorse it
Source: UK Government: Product labelling: the law https://www.gov.uk/product-labelling-the-law

For food products:
RECOMMENDED CRITERIA FOR THE USE OF THE TERM “HAND-MADE”
93. If “hand crafted” is used then it should be clear as to which part of the process this refers to if it is not entirely produced by hand. It would not however be against public expectation for a “hand-made” product to be produced within an industrial setting. Source: Food Standards Agency CRITERIA FOR THE USE OF THE TERMS FRESH, PURE, NATURAL ETC IN FOOD LABELLING http://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/multimedia/pdfs/markcritguidance.pdf

June 6, 2011: Panera Bread launches its first major television advertising campaign. Founder Ron Shaich appears in one spot and says of his 1,000-plus location chain, "We wanted a place with soul, we wanted a place that was real. We start with artisan bread, handcrafted by professional bakers using fresh dough. It just tastes better." Cachet or passé? Mom-jean levels of suburban passé.
Source: Grub Street: Hand-Crafted Hype: How ‘Artisan’ Food Became Forever Debased http://www.grubstreet.com/2011/11/artisan-word-downfall.html#

So far as Rakola [the USDA’s organic policy advisor] is aware, there is no standard at all for when people can use the word “artisanal,” even though it evokes an image of small-batch, hand-crafted, superior-quality products. Source: Time: Why Consumers Don’t Trust ‘Organic’ Labels http://time.com/3857799/organic-label-standards-poll/

by MoCCconsultant on May 7th at 2:38pm

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