Frequently Asked Questions:


What is paper-leather?

This early blog post sets out to explain the answer.

Will kraft paper tear easily? 

No it won’t! It’s incredibly strong and you may just have to see this for yourself before believing it. The secret lies in the chemical process used during the manufacture of kraft paper-leather.

Will kraft paper fall apart when it gets wet? 

Even when wet, kraft paper remains tear-resistant.

If my bag gets wet, will it damage the things inside?

The 2018-19 DrawBag® line of backpacks also include a non-toxic and biodegradable ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) mid-layer for water-resistance between the paper outer and the fabric interior to help protect the contents within. 2020 versions utilize an added organic water-resistant treatment to the paper to cut down on materials and processes.

The LunchKraft® lunchbox is internally waterproofed through its recycled PET MET insulation.

Check out the unique specifications on each product for more detail.

Can I wash Schooled by Paper® products? 

Yes you can. Although we’ve run different products through a washing machine, we would recommend hand washing and drip drying to protect hardware such as zippers and snaps. These potentially could be damaged by bouncing against the sides of a machine during its cycle.

Will inks or paints wash out or bleed? 

Our acrylic paint markers and permanent markers  will not wash out or bleed unless very specific solvents are used on them (Did you know that permanent marker ink can sometimes be removed from paper with nail polish remover, hairspray, or toothpaste?)

However, other water-based and non-permanent inks and paints such as regular ball-point pens and watercolors will both wash out as well as bleed unless sealed or fixed as you would with a pencil or ink drawing on conventional art paper.

Check the specifications of your chosen artistic media to determine if it is suitable to use.

Can I erase my drawings on the paper? 

Permanent inks and paints will be difficult to erase. If you are unsure of your first drawing, we recommend you draw your design a few times on regular paper to build your confidence, and then sketch lightly in pencil (which can be erased) before using permanent artistic media of your choice.

What other artistic media can I use on the products?

There are so many! More than can be listed here, although we’re working on a future blog post to list the ones we’ve seen some really fantastic results with. You can also look at the One World Artist Gallery to see how some very creative people around the world have experimented with different media on Schooled by Paper products.

Are your markers safe for children? 

Yes. Our permanent ink markers and acrylic paint markers are non-toxic and conform to all safety standards required for sales to the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Although not marketed specifically as children’s products, all bags and markers have been third-party lab tested to meet applicable children’s product requirements, too.

Is the paper sourced ethically? 

Yes. All paper used in Schooled by Paper products originates from sustainable forests certified by a globally recognized body. We are currently in the process of certifying all steps in our supply chain with this body in order to officially promote this. You can find the certification of our supplier here as well as learn more about how forests and supply chains are ethically managed by going to www.fsc.org.

All third-party lab testing and certification can be found here.

How much weight can Schooled by Paper bags carry? 

Although we don’t have a specific number for you… more than you would want to carry. One of the uses for kraft paper is making bags for concrete mix.

Are the products recyclable or recycled? 

Yes, the kraft-paper leather exterior is recyclable on all products. Much of the plastic hardware used is made from recycled plastic, and other materials like cotton straps, cotton interiors, and EVA mid-layer are biodegradable. The insulation of the LunchKraft lunchbox is metallized PET foil (PET MET) made from recycled water bottles.

Where did you get the idea for paper backpacks to draw on?

The short answer is here.

Where can I share pictures of my artwork on a Schooled by Paper bag with others? 

You can use the hashtag #schooledbypaper as well as #thedrawbag and #lunchkraft. You can also send us a message. Schooled by Paper’s founder John loves to hear about how our products are being used creatively by others around the world!

What are the weird poems in your blog?

Like many Americans of his generation, Schooled by Paper’s founder John grew up in the religious subculture of evangelical Christianity. In high school and college, he began studying philosophy, comparative religions, and spirituality in general, and found himself drawn to Taoism and Buddhism in their meditations on human suffering as well as the nature of self and consciousness. From this fertile soil came a mashup of artistic expression and writing over the years that also incorporated contemporary pop cultural references and humor in his writing and visual artwork.

The zen koan or haiku are forms John has often drawn inspiration from in such work, and some of his personal blog posts use variations on these to speak to an audience that grew up in similar circumstances as he did. These little word games, poetic morsels, and jokes seek to enlighten on potentially limiting thoughts and perspectives that lead to needless suffering.

In psychoanalytic and philosophical terms, such limitations could be termed neuroses stemming from a culture of rational materialism in the absence of spirituality.