Stora Enso’s recyclable wood foam can replace polymer-based packaging

The recyclable wood foam made from Fibrease fibers from Stora Enso can replace, for example, polymer-based foams in packaging solutions. A partnership with Nefab has increased production and widely introduced Fibrease to the market.

We are all familiar with polyurethane (PU) foam used for packaging padding. It works well when it comes to protecting products. It is made from fossil raw materials and is frequently used in various industries around the world. Today, after a successful collaboration between Stora Enso and Nefab, the Fibrease fiber-based material is ready to largely replace polymer foams; providing brand owners with sustainable packaging solutions.

Nefab is a global B2B company, which saves environmental and financial resources in supply chains, by providing complete packaging and logistics solutions. For this reason, they have the engineering expertise and conversion capabilities to test and help develop hardware supplied by Stora Enso. Nefab’s role as a development partner has been to learn how to best convert Fibrease and to test it under the effects of shock, vibration and transport. Also, to try it out with pilot customers. Through feedback and close cooperation, Stora Enso developed the material.

The Thales group is a French multinational that designs and manufactures electrical systems and provides services to the aerospace, defence, transport and security industries. They are eager to find greener solutions and have set a sustainability goal of reducing their environmental footprint by 35% by the end of 2023. This made them an ideal candidate for the pilot test of Fibrease instead of the PU foam. The test went well. Fibrease’s performance matches Thales’ requirements and expectations, but comes with low carbon emissions, helping them to further reduce their environmental footprint. Thales has decided to switch to the new packaging solution which is also recyclable in the paper/cardboard sector, which traditional foam solutions are not.

“We know that many companies want to move away from plastics and leave their reliance on polymeric foams behind, and now they can. We offer a tested and ready-to-use renewable raw material,” says Elisabeth Bergvall, Director of Fibrease wood foam from Stora Enso.

Stora Enso is a leading supplier of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wood construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world.

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