As society moves into an era of prioritising environmental sustainability, eco-friendly packaging has begun to resonate with consumers. In traditional thermoforming, plastic is heated to pliable temperatures and turned into a specific shape through a moulding process, forming the desired product.

Paper (or cellulose) pulp thermoforming is offering new sustainable alternatives for packaging in a plastic averse market. Through the use of plant raw materials such as bamboo, sugarcane, reed, or wood, paper pulp can be used to create consumer and industrial grade commodities. An additional benefit is that the source products can also come from recycled materials. The fast-food industry stands to benefit significantly from the production of these food packaging materials. The resulting products of paper pulp thermoforming are microwave safe, to store frozen foods and for oven-baked foods.

Fast-food applications:

  • Takeaway containers
  • Lunchboxes
  • Drink cups
  • Plates
  • Trays

The applications do not stop there, but Kiefel’s fibre thermoforming can also be used for the creation of industrial packaging and other consumer commodities. Moulded pulp packaging is widely used for electronic and household goods, automotive parts and even medical products. With endless applications and the generation of a more eco-friendly product, paper pulp moulding is a strong contender for product packaging.

There are many more benefits to utilising moulded pulp. The product created is environmentally friendly; being recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. Moulded pulp products are durable and often remain unaffected by temperature extremes. Companies can benefit from more stable raw material costs as raw materials rates are not volatile and also offers a lower price than most other protective materials. Your products have superior vibration cushioning and shock absorption, being stackable in a way that allows for savings in storage costs.

Above all, pulp products can offer all these benefits whilst being engineered and moulded to your custom specifications. If your business is looking to avoid the use of styrofoam and other petroleum-based packaging, paper pulp thermoforming is the customisable and environmentally friendly alternative you never knew you needed.

For more information on Kiefel’s fibre thermoforming, follow this link: https://www.kiefel.com/en/NEW-Fiber-Thermoforming

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