Research & Innovation
Fibrepak introduces 100% recovered waste paper into packaging products
By P&PC Staff
By P&PC Staff
Fibrepak, a brand of global thermoformer TEQ, can now use pulp made from 100 per cent recovered waste paper in the manufacturing process of its sustainable packaging products.
The pulp – from a supplier in France – is made from office waste paper, archives and shredded books and has a post-consumer paper percentage of over 90 per cent.
Fibrepak is thin-walled and smooth-sided, as well as scratch-proof, and can be recycled in traditional waste streams along with paper, compostable and biodegradable materials.
The packaging natural and renewable, and customers benefit from a precisely moulded pulp product.
“The advent of thermoformed fibre has given us a great opportunity to combine this latest technology with our vast experience of thermoforming to deliver bespoke, complex and high-quality packaging for a range of customers, including those in cosmetics, fruit and veg, homecare and electronics,” says Anne-Sophie Belamine, European sales director at TEQ.
Fibrepak is a dust-free material, so there is no particle contamination. It is non-toxic, microwavable, static-free, shock-absorbent and stackable. It can also be treated to be moisture-resistant for sustained periods.
Production of Fibrepak at the company’s facility in Poznan, Poland is now underway, with multiple production lines running.
During manufacture, natural fibres are converted into high tolerance thermoformed pulp products using a unique vacuum technique and “cure-in-the-mould” technology. This uses heat and pressure to press and evaporate fluid from the fibres, leaving a completely dry product at the end of the process that is ready for packing.
Fibrepak solutions can be created to a customer’s exact specifications while conforming to ISTA and TUV performance standards. These include clamshells, trays and inserts.
TEQ launched Fibrepak in 2014, with its thermoformed wet pulp derived from locally sourced FSC chain-of-custody certified materials, meaning the pulp used has come from sustainably managed forests.