Helsinki-based Stora Enso has developed a new alternative to the plastic wrap or polystyrene foams used today as cushioning and insulating materials in packaging, the company announced.
It has launched a new new portfolio of circular, biobased foams derived from certified wood sources.
Consumers are pushing to minimise the use of plastic and to maximise recyclability., according to Markus Mannström, EVP Biomaterials at Stora Enso. “At the same time, the need for packaging protection is increasing due to growing demands in e-commerce and cold-chain logistics,” he said.
Suitable for protecting fragile goods and for the thermal packaging of temperature sensitive products, the two new foams, Fibrease and Papira, offer renewable and climate-friendly replacements for fossil-based packaging options. Both are recyclable in paper recycling streams. Fibrease is produced from up to 98% renewably-sourced materials and designed to replace polyurethane foams and EPS as well as formed in-place fossil-based solutions. Fibrease may also be recycled in the board stream.