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Packaging companies partner on fibre-based alternatives to single-use plastics
By P&PC Staff
By P&PC Staff
PulPac, PA Consulting (PA) and Seismic Solutions have partnered to develop sustainable fibre-based alternatives to single-use plastics.
PulPac, the inventors behind the “Dry Molded Fiber” technology, will work with PA to develop a wide range of technical and commercial applications and scale up the manufacturing process.
Seismic Solutions, a business development consultancy, will connect PulPac to its network of brand owners and manufacturers in North America.
PulPac’s Dry Molded Fiber is a patented manufacturing technology for the circular economy and uses renewable pulp and cellulose resources to produce high-performance, fibre-based packaging and single-use products.
Dry Molded Fiber gives up to 80-90 per cent lower CO2 footprint at the same or lower cost as plastic. It enables high-speed manufacturing and can replace most packaging and single-use products presently made of plastics, such as soda and coffee cup lids, meat trays, razors, retail and bakery deli carry-out containers, cosmetic packaging and bottles.
The technology is being licensed to packaging manufacturers and brands setting up their own production. So far, the partnership has co-operation and licensing agreements with a number of selected customers, including several large global brands operating in a variety of industries, such as food and drink, beauty, toys and health care.
PA has successfully accelerated several new product and packaging concepts to market, and will offer its innovation and technology centre to be the global application development centre for PulPac.
The companies have set up technology centres based in Sweden and the U.K., and aim to set up one in the U.S.