Stora Enso and Valio to test biocomposite lids for dairy products

Stora Enso and Valio to test biocomposite lids for dairy products

Photo: Stora Enso / Valio

Finnsih dairy manufacturer Valio has partnered with Stora Enso to test the use of biocomposite in food packaging, in a move to reduce food waste.

Published: Jan, 24, 2020

Under the pilot project, the companies will distribute 10,000 wood fibre-based reusable lids for quark containers to test how the biocomposite functions when combined with the food packaging, The aim of the joint project is to test the ability of the reusable lids in preventing food waste during storage.

"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.

Designed by Stora Enso, the lids are made from DuraSense, a biocomposite material thet combines wood fibres and polymers which is both durable and washable.

According to the packaging manufacturer, the material offers the mouldability of plastics and the strength and sustainability of wood, resulting in a reduced CO2 footprint by up to 80%. The material also makes it possible to cut the share of plastic in various products by as much as half.

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