The Pulp and Paper industry continues to gain recognition for its sustainability-related advancements and achievements through new innovations and related initiatives. Each month, we continue to see progression towards a more environmentally friendly economy that is made possible in many cases by participants across the global pulp and paper value chain. To that end, we’ve included some of the top stories recently highlighting these initiatives.
Bakery brand Warburtons is adding a new range of health-orientated products to its bread portfolio that will be available in recyclable paper packaging. The range will be wrapped in fully recyclable paper packaging which can be recycled via normal curbside collections.
“Making the packaging fully recyclable is also just another step in the right direction for us and we are thrilled that we are able to offer a more sustainable option to packaging that does not impact the freshness of the loaf,” said Darren Littler, Innovation Director at Warburtons.
Nestlé has reached 97% recyclable packaging produced in Italy, accelerating towards the global goal of 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025. In particular, in Italy, the company has achieved 100% recyclability for corrugated cardboard and glass, 98% recyclability for its paper packaging, 96% for rigid plastic, 92% for aluminum and 77% for flexible plastic.
With a goal to replace rigid black PET trays and lids with packaging made from renewable resources, WestRock leveraged its comprehensive portfolio of sustainable paper to develop a packaging solution for Swiss Chalet. Uncoated recycled board containing 100% recycled fiber was selected for outer meal cartons to increase ease of disposal in curbside recycling.
The modular system uses uncoated recycled board (URB) and EnShield® Natural Kraft to maintain the high-performance standards required by Swiss Chalet, while simultaneously increasing the sustainability attributes of its takeout containers.
When in Rome is launching a paper wine bottle into Ocado. The bottle is made from 94% recycled paper and is claimed to have a carbon footprint 84% lower than a single-use glass bottle. It was developed in collaboration with sustainable packaging company Frugalpac.
When in Rome founder Rob Malin said the bottles combined “all of the eco advantages of our bag-in-box format” with the added advantage of having “the same shape, capacity and price point of other premium brands still being sold in single-use glass bottles.”
Ahlstrom-Munksjö reinforced its commitment to the PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) industry worldwide by launching its biggest-ever global range of sustainable release papers for silicone coating. The expanded and harmonized range contains three main product families, and offers release papers based on sustainable, renewable fibers, spreading from 41 g/m2 up to 215 g/m2.
Sampling is a big category for The Estée Lauder Companies. Aveda and its supplier partners found a way to sample product more sustainably, using curbside recycle-ready (or -certified, depending on locale) paper packets to replace multilayer foil sachets.
Aveda says the new pack design is a superior solution for sampling applications. In addition to being curbside recyclable by European and U.K. consumers at the end of the sample pack’s life, the packets have been designed with sustainability in mind. They were studied in detail through a peer-reviewed life-cycle assessment, which calculated a reduction of 36% to 68% in water consumption and 37% to 64% in emissions [CO2 equivalent] when compared to multi-layer laminated structures commonly used in the industry.
Rohrer Corporation, a leading retail-packaging designer and manufacturer, is ramping up sustainability efforts with the debut of two new eco-friendly packaging solutions – its All-Paper Blister and ecoCombo® sustainable packaging.
"Statistics in Rohrer's 2021 Sustainable Packaging Study conducted with Hanover Research indicate that 83 percent of companies are interested in more sustainable packaging options," said Steve Wirrig, president and CEO of Rohrer Corporation. "As a result of this study, Rohrer is stepping up sustainability efforts with the introduction of two new eco-friendly packaging options – our All-Paper Blister and ecoCombo packages."
Kemira has again been awarded the Platinum level rating by the global sustainability rating platform EcoVadis. A total score improved to 78 out of 100 (73/100 in 2021) putting Kemira among the top 1% of companies in the world.
“Sustainability is the key driver of Kemira’s long term strategy. Our focus is in supporting our customers to be more sustainable, reducing our own climate impact, enabling circular economy, managing water sustainably and ensuring health and safety. We continuously develop our ESG reporting to ensure transparency towards all our stakeholders and to make our transformation visible. I’m very proud of our team effort across the organization which is now reflected again in our EcoVadis score,” says Rasmus Pinomaa, Director, Corporate Sustainability.
Le Musée du Cartonnage et de l’imprimerie in Valréas, France will host a new exhibition from 1 April 2022, in partnership with Pro Carton, the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers, to celebrate environmentally friendly carton-based packaging.
18 entries from the 2021 European Carton Excellence Awards will be on display at the museum for 12 months to highlight the very best of recyclable, renewable and biodegradable packaging designs.
PulPac and HSMG have collaborated on water and oil barriers for PulPac’s Dry Molded Fiber technology that allows a thin, stretchable substrate to be applied during the forming process, helping to ensure the recyclability of molded fiber packaging used for applications like coffee cups.
The companies explain that paper and molded fiber packaging used for food contact applications traditionally incorporates a thin plastic film with the addition of fluorochemicals to prevent water and grease from leaking through. However, plastic layers can make paper-based packaging difficult to recycle, while fluorochemicals are increasingly being banned in some places due to their environmental and health impacts.