GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Sept. 30, 2021 (Press Release) -PulPac has joined as a new member of 4evergreen. This unique cross-sector alliance unites the industry’s entire value chain, promoting cooperation and innovation for a sustainable and circular economy, within fiber-based packaging.
“The common goal of the 4evergreen alliance is to perfect the circularity, whilst raising awareness of the advantages of fiber-based packaging such as low environmental impact. By doing this work, we are aiming to raise the overall recycling rate of fiber-based packaging to 90% by 2030. Innovation stands at the heart of our alliance, and PulPac, with its innovative fiber-forming technology, is a most welcome member” says Susanne Haase, Program Director, 4evergreen Alliance.
4evergreen is a strong alliance of industry leaders from pulp, paper and board manufacturers and recyclers such as International Paper, MM Group, Stora Enso, UPM and Smurfit Kappa together with global brands like Pepsico, Nestlé, Danone, IKEA and P&G, as well packaging producers and converters, such as Tetra Pak, Seda and AR Packaging, to retailers and suppliers within the value chain, all the way to waste management companies.
“What we bring to this alliance of experts and world-leaders is a novel production technology that can accelerate the transition to fiber-based packaging even further, and open new possibilities of cost-competitive sustainable fiber solutions. We can convert fiber into packaging up to ten times faster than conventional fiber forming methods, while decreasing CO2 emissions by up to 90%, all while conserving a lot of valuable water. We have a strong belief that partnerships across industries and value chains are integral to unlock the very rapid change needed today, as the world seeks a shift to a sustainable circular economy,“ says Linus Larsson, CEO of PulPac.
4evergreen was created as a forum where organizations and companies from across the fiber-based packaging value chain for the first time could join forces for a common cause, to raise the overall recycling rate of fiber-based packaging to 90% by 2030. As a cross-industry alliance it can drive a system-wide shift to the next level of circularity and deliver a holistic approach to optimize the sustainability of fiber-based packaging.
“Plastic pollution is a global problem that must be tackled jointly and with globally viable solutions. Fiber-based packaging is a game-changer. We look forward to collaborating within the alliance, share our know-how and get insights on how we can leverage Dry Molded Fiber for the circular economy. Together we can bring about change and create packaging that is designed for purpose, and just makes good sense for business, consumers, and the world we share,” Larsson concludes.
4evergreen is a cross-industry alliance perfecting the circularity of fibre-based packaging to contribute to a climate-neutral and sustainable society. Our goal is to raise the overall recycling rate of fibre-based packaging to 90% by 2030. We bring a particular focus on packaging with a lower circularity performance today, namely the types used for household, out-of-home and on-the-go consumption. The alliance brings together industry representatives from across the fibre-based packaging value-chain, from pulp, paper and board manufacturers and recyclers to packaging producers and converters, including brand owners, retailers and waste management companies. It also comprises chemical suppliers (e.g., adhesives, inks, coatings), technology providers (e.g., machinery, collection, and recycling solutions), and leading research institutes. To date, 4evergreen brings together more than 70 market leaders representing all the players of the fibre-based packaging value chain (find a list of members here). The host of the initiative is Cepi (the Confederation of European Paper Industries), headquartered in Brussels. www.4evergreenforum.eu
PulPac provides the packaging industry with a groundbreaking manufacturing technology for low-cost, high-performance fiber-based packaging and single-use products. By pioneering the technology of cellulose molding PulPac enables their customers to replace single-use plastics with a sustainable and cost competitive alternative globally. www.pulpac.com
About Dry Molded Fiber
Dry Molded Fiber, invented and patented by PulPac, is a manufacturing technology designed for the circular economy – using renewable pulp and cellulose resources to produce low cost, high performance, fiber-based packaging, and single-use products. Dry Molded Fiber gives up to 80-90% lower CO2 footprint at similar cost as plastic. It is up to ten times as efficient as conventional fiber molding invented over 100 years ago. The dry process also saves massive amounts of valuable water resources. In addition, energy savings are significant - as the molded products need no drying.