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Renewable by design: the eco-carton that replaces fossil fuels with wood-based resin.

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 8:40:00 PM

UPM Biofuels, Elopak and Dow are behind the new eco carton.jpg“We are very excited and proud of this collaboration and ability to offer a high quality wood-based raw material to replace fossil raw materials in packaging.”

A three-company partnership has developed a more sustainable drinks carton, replacing the plastic that can make traditional equivalents hard to recycle with a wood-based alternative. Called naphtha, the wood-based chemical has been produced by Finnish company, UPM Biofuels, which along with Elopak and Dow have created the packaging that will completely remove fossil-based raw materials from their production. Using its unique process, UPM Biofuels is able to engineer the raw materials that make naphtha into a packaging-friendly resin that can be used to keep contents fresh and prevent leaks.

Speaking up for the new carton’s sustainability credentials, Sari Mannonen, vice president of
UPM Biofuels, said that the packaging is 100% certifiable and verified to ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) Plus standards. “UPM Biofuels is one of the few renewable naphtha producers in the world. We are very excited and proud of this collaboration and ability to offer a high quality wood-based raw material to replace fossil raw materials in packaging,” said Mannonen.

Kristian Hall, Director of Corporate Environment at Elopak, said that sustainability was an important part of Elopak’s business and it worked continuously to source renewable raw materials. “Thanks to our partnership with Dow and UPM Biofuels, we can now substitute the fossil-based polyethylene with a 100% wood-based solution – and we are able make fully renewable cartons without compromising quality,” said Hall.

Should the packaging enter the mainstream it stands to make a huge impact on the packagain industry – Elopak, the Norwegian packaging company, already supplies the world with 15bn cartons made from traditional methods.

In other bio-based news, UPM Biofuels will be displaying its Biofore Concept Car at World Bio Markets next week in Amsterdam from 20-22 March. The majority of parts making up the car are made from bio plastics such as the company’s UPM Formi and UPM Grada thermoformable plywood material. It is also powered by a form of biofuel made from wood-based materials, BioVerno diesel.

Read: Meet 'For The Better Good', the NZ social enterprise making bottles from plants.

Read: More plastic than fish in oceans by 2050; report urges circular economy response.

Download: Issue #9 of the Bio-Based World Quarterly

Attend: World Bio Markets, Amsterdam, March 20th-22nd.

Read: Evian and Suntory continue their commitment to sustainability, developing 100% recycled bottles.

Topics: BBWNBrands, Transport, Bio-Based, Packaging, biofuels

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