Stora Enso Debuts Easily Recyclable Renewable Fiber-Based Packaging

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Tambrite Aqua+ from Stora Enso is a new circular packaging material for frozen and chilled food products that reduces the need for fossil-based plastics and improves recyclability after use.

“Consumers have been clear in their wishes to use more circular packaging in their day-to-day lives. With Tambrite Aqua+, we are offering a renewable fiber-based packaging material that is designed for easy recycling,” said Sofia Hallbäck, business development manager for barrier solutions at Helsinki, Finland-headquartered Stora Enso. “This solution proves that the requirements of packaging for frozen and chilled food, as well as the more demanding dry food, can be met using innovative new technology.”

Tambrite Aqua+ utilises a dispersion coating that helps to reduce the use of plastic that is increasingly subject to costs incurred by packagers, such as extended producer responsibility (EPR) fees. It is fluorochemical-free, resistant to grease and moisture, comes with the PAP21 logo that shows it is easily recyclable with normal paper and board waste streams.

According to Hallbäck, Aqua dispersion coatings maximize the fiber yield from the material during recycling in the most efficient way possible. Dispersion enables more fibers to be recovered in the recycling process, compared to alternative barrier solutions.

“By incorporating Aqua+ technology to Tambrite’s rich heritage and hard-earned reputation for packaging excellence, we are continuing our mission of replacing fossil-based materials with renewable products,” she stated.

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, and wooden construction, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world. It employs approximately 21,000 people and had sales of €11.7 billion in 2022.