If you look for a sustainable packaging solution, PaperFoam is an excellent material:
- Light weight
- Made out of renewable raw materials that are locally sourced
- Low carbon footprint
- Compostable (bio degradable)
Since PaperFoam has an average weight of only 180 gram per liter in many cases a PaperFoam tray weighs less than equivalent trays made from plastics, pulp or carton. A full truck load weighs only around 6 metric tons (ca 13,000 lb). It saves fuel and roads. That helps in the reduction of energy needed for transportation as well in the transportation costs.
Biobased, renewable materials
PaperFoam is based on natural materials. The main ingredient is industrial starch that is retrieved from potatoes or tapioca, which grow every year again. The other ingredients of PaperFoam are cellulose fibres and Premix.
The raw materials for PaperFoam: starch and fibers are available almost all over the world. PaperFoam factories can source them locally, which reduces again energy necessary for transportation.
Low carbon footprint
As a consequence of using renewable ingredients and as a result of the low water consumption in the production process, PaperFoam trays have a very low carbon footprint.
The carbon footprint can be measured in the total amount of carbon dioxide equivalents per kilogram of PaperFoam. Lifecycle analysis studies have shown that the carbon footprint for PaperFoam is ca 2 gram CO2-eq. per gram of PaperFoam. This results in up to 85% lower carbon emission figures for a PaperFoam packaging compared to a plastic alternative.
PaperFoam can be recycled in multiple ways via Paper recycling, Composting or Bio waste plant to make new electricity from it.
When you don’t use a PaperFoam tray anymore, it is easy to dispose the packaging yourself. It can be thrown away in the waste paper bin as the components starch and fibers are the same as the components of paper. Furthermore it can also be composted. Even on a household composting belt, it disintegrates fully in a couple of weeks. No harmful ingredients; so it enriches your compost.
Philips Sonicare blister packaging: 92 gram PETE
Philips Sonicare PaperFoam packaging: 54 gram PaperFoam
* Research done by Dr. M. Patel from the Copernicus Institute