Sunday, July 12, 2020

Valio to test renewable wood fibre lids for dairy products

Dairy maker, Valio, is working together with fellow Finnish business, the pulp and paper manufacturer, Stora Enso, to test biocomposite in food packaging.

Together, the companies will distribute 10,000 wood fibre-based reusable lids made from a biocomposite, while encouraging consumers to reduce food waste.

“With this pilot project we are encouraging people to take small, concrete actions to reduce food waste. The lid makes it easy to protect the unused crème fraiche or quark,” says Jussi-Pekka Lumme, Packaging Development Manager at Valio.

At the same time, Valio and Stora Enso are testing how the biocomposite functions when combined with the food packaging.

The lids are durable, washable and made from hygienic DuraSense by Stora Enso, a biocomposite material that combines wood fibres and polymers. The biocomposite make it possible to cut the share of plastic in various products by as much as half and thus reduce the carbon footprint.

“In 2018 we switched to fully plant-based packaging in all 250 million gable-top milk, yoghurt, cream, and sour milk packages,” said Lumme.

“The packages are a part of our larger concept of aiming to reset milk’s carbon footprint to zero by 2035.”

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