Stora Enso launches Bio-Based Packaging Foam
Papira, a fiber-based monomaterial, is designed to be biodegradable and compostable and Fibrease can be recycled in any paper or board stream. With the bio-based foams, the Finnish paper and packaging company is introducing “renewable and climate-friendly alternatives” in the protective packaging segment.
Stora Enso is expanding its packaging products with a new portfolio of bio-based foams – Fibrease and Papira – made from Forest Stewardship Council-approved wood. The company says the FSC-certified products, which it has tested at real recycling facilities, are fully recyclable and can be used for protective and thermal packaging.
Papira, a fiber-based monomaterial designed to be biodegradable and compostable, can be recycled with paper or cardboard, that way the material can be used to make new paper products and ensure optimal use of resources. Fibrease can be recycled in any paper or board stream.
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While Fibrease is already commercially available, the pilot plant producing Papira has started operations at the Fors site in Sweden, as a subsequent step to the investment announced in August 2020. Firstly, the pilot plant is intending to evaluate and validate Papira as packaging foam in customer tests. Later on, the foams can be used for protecting fragile goods and will be optimal for the thermal packaging of temperature-sensitive products.
According to Stora Enso, fossil-fuel-based packaging is a major contributor to pollution, accounting for 40 percent of the world’s plastics. “With Fibrease and Papira”, the globally leading renewable solutions provider of packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions, and paper, says it is introducing “renewable and climate-friendly alternatives” to the fossil-fuel-based protective packaging.
Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of Biomaterials, Stora Enso, says, “With our bio-based foams, we help customers create eco-friendly and circular packaging solutions while also meeting material performance needs to protect and insulate the goods.”