Waterproof Paper Company for Rainy Writing Conditions

Design & Architecture

'Rite in the Rain' products were designed with the wet Pacific Northwest weather in mind

Tiffany Nesbit
  • 28 august 2014

In the 1920’s Tacoma, Washington-based Jerry Darling created a water-resistant paper to assist loggers who had to write outside and battled frequent rain. The problem is not one that is faced by loggers alone. For many professions, working outdoors means having to navigate difficult weather circumstances. Whether you’re doing insect research in a rainforest, desert warfare, or birdwatching in your backyard in Seattle, it is hard to maintain records when the climate has such a big impact on the quality of your finished results, and for that reason, Rite in the Rain was produced.


Rite in the Rain is a company that manufactures all-weather writing paper, an evolution that sprouted from Darling’s early version. The new and improved Rite in the Rain products include pads, notebooks, index cards, loose leaf, copier/ laser paper, and even vinyl labels. All papers are created using virgin wood fibers and are 100 percent recyclable when no longer in use. In addition, the paper was designed to have an ultra-low impact on the environment. Because the coating is water-based, the process only emits steam, which is then recycled back into the paper making stream. Most importantly, all Rite in the Rain papers have undergone a wet paper test, which guarantees the paper’s endurance. Unlike other papers, Rite in the Rain won’t disintegrate when wet, and the ink won’t run. No special pen required; any pencil or ballpoint pen will do.

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