Paper-based manufacturer Store Enso has developed bio-based packaging foam that can be recycled in the paper stream.
Made from wood, the foam can replace plastic foams such as polystyrene.
It has developed two products, Fibrease and Papira, that have different technical characteristics. The former is available now and the latter is starting to be produced at a pilot plant in Sweden.
Stora Enso executive vice president Biomaterials Markus Mannström said: “Consumers of today are pushing to minimise the use of plastic and maximise recyclability.
“At the same time, the need for packaging protection is increasing due to growing demands in e-commerce and cold-chain logistics.
“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.”