RIPS® is the original rolling paper on a roll.
Here's how it all began:
RIPS started life as a family run printers in the early 1970s.
In 1972 RIPS® capitalised on the emerging hairdressing industry and started to produce perm papers. They soon became the largest supplier of perm papers on the market with the brand "Pollié".
During the 1970s and early 80s, under the brand name FLAG, RIPS® began making cigarette papers sold in Union Jack, Welsh and various European flag packaging. The product was supported by a campaign targeting the male roller with the strapline "For a man like you ..."
Finding it hard to compete with major UK brands with similar products, 1982 saw the launch of RIPS®, the original rolling paper on a roll!
The product originally launched with regular Red and Kingsize Blue widths. In 1986 a slim width Green rice paper was introduced.
In 1993 100% hemp papers were launched. In 1994 RIPS was granted exclusive UK distribution of the No.1 Spanish owned "Smoking" brand of cigarette paper.
1998 saw a considerable investment in new packaging machinery to keep up with the demands for the product.
2005 saw the development of the "Xtra Thin" RIPS papers to meet the demands of the quality conscious consumer.
In 2006 RIPS launched their flavoured rolling paper and invested heavily in machinery that would seal the packs to keep in taste and aroma.
In 2007 the brand moved to its own purpose built manufacturing facilities in Cheltenham, UK.
In 2008, RIPS launched the Great Rip Up competition, drawing in hundreds of creative packaging designs from across the Country.
In 2009 RIPS launches 'Skint?', a new website for Rips Rollers.
the great rip up
In 2008 RIPS® began a creative journey.
We gave a shout out to all artists, asking them to design a panel for our infamous RIPS® packs so their artwork could be enjoyed in the hands of 200,000 people and they could win £500 for your efforts. The design theme was "Roadtrip".
Hundreds entered and the winner was be selected from four shortlisted designs by a RIPS® judging panel in January 2009.
Take a look through the gallery at all the entries here
Keep an eye out for our next competition. The Great Rip Up is just the beginning of our creative journey!
Buy a RIPS® zippo for just £16.95*