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Webinaari: Zero waste packaging: Biodegradable cushioning

30.8.2018 17:00 - 30.8.2018 18:00 Webinaari

Zero waste packaging

​Light-weight, bioinspired packaging solutions

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How to replace non-renewable cushioning materials, like expanded polystyrene, in packaging? When did you last recycle expanded polystyrene (EPS) cushioning material? Can Styrofoam be replaced? Join the webinar and hear how fibre foams and biopolymers will transform the packaging industry.

VTT has developed a 100% bio-based, recyclable solution to replace non-renewable cushioning materials. Fibre foam enables light-weight structures from wood pulp. As the air bubbles leave the space in the structure, it creates a very thick and porous structures from renewable and recyclable wood. Fibre foam cushioning can be recycled like milk cartons nowadays.

Plastic solutions will still be required in many applications. Flexible foams made from biodegradable polymers such as thermoplastic starches and PHA will provide an option for cushioning when reinforced with pulp fibres. These foams have significantly reduced carbon footprint and are environmentally degradable, minimising microplastic pollution.

Legislative changes and consumer demand necessitate companies to find alternative solutions. If you want to be ready for the future – start now!

Key learning objectives:

  1. See demonstration of light-weight bio-based cushioning
  2. Patent landscape -Learn who is active in the field
  3. Hear the benefits and limitations of bio-based cushioning materials
  4. Take a 360 degree tour of our pilot facilities

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