Sustainability

PaperFoam is as green as it gets. Our solutions are end-to-end sustainable, from raw materials and sourcing to production and recycling:

  • Non-hazardous raw materials
  • Renewable resources (cradle to cradle)
  • Biodegradable (home compostable, paper recyclable)
  • Pollution free waste products

Sustainability goals? Mission accomplished:

  • Ultra lightweight package trays
  • Low-impact supply chain (locally sourced)
  • Low carbon footprint and low water usage in production

Packaging and sustainability

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Weight reduction

PaperFoam is lightweight. This reduces transportation costs while increasing energy efficiency throughout the lifecycle.

PaperFoam material weighs about 24 ounces per gallon (180 grams per liter). This translates into possible weight reductions of 40% compared to traditional products.

Natural materials

The ingredients that make up PaperFoam find their origins in nature. One of the main ingredients (industrial starch) is extracted from potatoes and tapioca. Together with cellulose fibers they form a mix that is certified Bio Based and environment- friendly.

Since our resources are renewable, the negative environmental impact in the production of PaperFoam is negligible close to none and beneficial to the planet.

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Local sourcing of raw materials

Our main ingredients (industrial starch and fibers) are widely available all over the world. Collaborating with local suppliers renders our production facilities flexible in resource management and efficient in terms of energy and transportation needs.

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Low carbon footprint

The carbon footprint of PaperFoam is as much as 85% lower than comparable packaging of plastic or paper pulp. This is a result of low water consumption during production, low weight of the packaging, high energy efficiency in logistics and production, use of renewable raw materials and toxic-free waste products.

Lifecycle analysis studies show a 2 gram C02-eq. per gram of PaperFoam.

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PaperFoam lifecycle

PaperFoam is highly recyclable. As a waste product a package can be recycled with paper, home composted or treated as bio-waste. This makes for convenient disposal and a conscious-clear lifecycle for both suppliers and end-users. In doing so PaperFoam contributes substantially to a safer environment that fosters sustainability

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Home compostable

The base components (industrial starch and fiber) that make up PaperFoam are fully biodegradable. Packages can be disposed of in the waste paper bin and even home composted. Nature itself helps breaking down the material in a matter of weeks, pollution free with no harmful leftovers. A hassle-free, responsible and eco-friendly solution for manufacturers and consumers.

Example PaperFoam carbon footprint study

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Philips Sonicare blister packaging: 92 gram PETE

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Philips Sonicare PaperFoam packaging: 54 gram PaperFoam

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Research done by Dr. M. Patel from the Copernicus Institute