Metsä Board Introduce New Bakery Packaging Reducing CO2 Emissions
Viipurilainen Kotileipomo, a Finnish family bakery that has been around for almost 100 years and specialises in pastries and bread, we’re searching for an environmentally friendly packaging solution for its cake packaging. Viipurilainen Kotileipomo and Metsä Board developed a resource-efficient and 100% recyclable packaging solution made of Prime Folding Box Board (FBB) EB. The introduction of this new packaging design has successfully reduced materials by 25% and C02 emissions by an impressive 34%.
For more information on this innovative packaging design, read here: New bakery packaging concept reduces CO2 emissions by a third (metsaboard.com)
Ikea Set Goal to Ban Plastic from Sales Packaging
Swedish global home furnishing brand Ikea has recently stated that they plan to remove all plastic from product packaging by 2028. The brand feels that with its authoritative market position, they have the opportunity to make decisions that will positively impact the environment. Ikea has been reducing the amount of plastic they use within their packaging portfolio for many years, with less than 10% of packaging materials currently plastic. However, the company aim to fully move towards paper packaging, delisting plastic packaging from all products by 2025.
Read the full press release on Ikea’s sustainable packaging goals for 2030 here: IKEA bans plastic from sales packaging – IKEA Australia
Sappi Europe Set to Increase Prices of Woodfree Paper Grades
Leading paper & packaging producers Sappi Europe have recently announced price increases to their woodfree paper grades. The price increases come as the company continues to face rising costs in its Graphic Paper business. This price increase has mainly been down to the rising energy prices and surges in the price of certain raw materials due to availability issues. Sappi plans to introduce a 10% increase to their woodfree paper grades, which is in addition to previously announced increases. This increase will be effective for deliveries from early April to the latest beginning of May, depending on the condition of the persistently volatile market.
For further information on Sappi Europe’s price increases read here: Sappi Europe announces price rises for its woodfree paper grades | Sappi Global
Global Specialty Paper Producers Join Forces
Schweitzer-Maudit International (SWM) and Neenah Inc have merged in an all-stock agreement to establish a $3 billion industry leader in speciality paper. This agreement looks to bring together two thriving organisations, both hosting a variety of complementary attributes such as modern technologies and strong product portfolios. With both parties in agreement, the merger will see SWM with 58% of the combined company, and Neenah shareholders will adopt 42% of the new organisation. President and CEO of Neenah Inc, Julie Schertell, stated that the business move will progress the growth strategy of the company and advance its market position within attractive markets.
For all information on this exciting business partnership, click here: SWM (swmintl.com)
Stora Enso develop Innovative High-Strength Material for Shopping & Takeaway Bags
As the shopping and takeaway bags market begins to move towards more sustainable alternatives, Stora Enso has released CarrEco Brown ™. The Swedish company that specialises in eco-friendly packaging solutions believe that the launch of their new unbleached and uncoated board will fuel the shift away from plastic alternatives. Stora Enso has started their new product is perfectly suited for shopping and takeaway bags due to its great resistance to wear & tear as well as excellent printing capabilities. CarrEco Brown ™ is also suitable for food contact as it has been produced with chemicals that have all been approved by the FDA.
Read more about Stora Enso’s fully recyclable board here: Stora Enso introduces renewable high-strength material for shopping and takeaway bags