Learn more about paper fiber

PAPER, THE PRESENT OF THE PACKAGING.

In News, Earthpack5 November, 2020

We have been warning for a long time. The path of plastic as packaging was running out. Our planet and our society asked for this change. And now that? Now is the time for paper to become the main raw material for a very simple reason: it is made from wood fiber, a natural, renewable and easily recyclable resource.

In fact, the European Union intends that by 2030 all packaging “be recyclable or reusable, but above all to be recycled,” as Ferran Tarradellas, representative of the European Commission, pointed out. Promoting recycling is a much more effective sustainable practice than, for example, reuse.

Faced with this scenario, the paper is reinforced since it comes from a natural and renewable resource that allows the manufacture of 100% recyclable and biodegradable packaging. Currently, 85% of the raw material used in the manufacture of corrugated cardboard boxes is already recycled paper, according to Aspapel.

The trend continues to rise: more and more companies are choosing paper packaging. During 2019, the material destined for containers and packaging increased by 6%. This field already represents 65% of the use of paper in our country!

A consumer decision

According to a study by the consulting firm Smithers Pira and Procarton, 96% of brands consider packaging a strategic piece to improve their business results, but this is due to a consumer decision.

In the UK they went out to the streets to ask consumers and the answers they got did not surprise anyone:

48% prefer its ‘touch and feel’ to other materials47% appreciated its lightweight nature37% believe that paper packaging is safer36% prefer it because it is more complete and practical36% also consider it easier to open and closeAs confirmed by the Aecoc Shopperview study, 44% of consumers penalize ‘unsustainable’ brands. We are increasingly aware of the environment and sustainability and this data shows it. In fact, according to Aspapel data, only 9% of Spaniards imagine their life without paper.

From nature to nature

The main characteristic that has made paper the perfect material for the packaging and packaging sector is, without a doubt, its easy recyclability. In 2016, according to Eurostat, 67% of packaging was recycled in general, but if we specify by material we see that the recycling of paper and cardboard was the highest: it obtained an 83% recycling rate.

The time for the role has definitely come: meet Earthpack


Learn more about bamboo fiber

BAMBOO, THE MOST SUSTAINABLE RAW MATERIAL.

In News, Earthpack5 November, 2020

Originally from India, bamboo has spread around the world at great speed for a very simple reason. Its plant is quite particular, it has various characteristics that have allowed it to go from being considered a waste of nature, which invaded the riverbed, to being called the most sustainable raw material.

This title that he receives is mainly due to his capacity for growth. An adult bamboo plant, during the budding stage, can grow up to 61 cm in a single day. In each budding it doubles in size until it reaches trunks between 10 and 20 meters, depending on the species.

If we add to its growth capacity the ease of bamboo to adapt in almost any area, we are probably facing the most sustainable raw material on the planet. This plant does not require fertile land, nutrients or pesticides, with water nearby it is enough to grow and grow. Also, you only have to let three or four years pass until it can be collected.

Another positive point of this plant is that it allows obtaining bamboo fiber through a relatively simple process that requires minimal use of industrial resources. In addition to being a raw material that is easy to access and handle, bamboo fiber has very interesting properties for all kinds of applications.

  • 100% biodegradable, can be composted.
  • Thermoclimatic: resistant to heat and cold.
  • Absorbs four times more moisture than cotton.
  • Resistant: supports great stress without losing flexibility.
  • Respectful of the soil: the deep root systems of the plant serve as protection against soil erosion.

 

We have no doubts, bamboo fiber is the best option for Earthpack’s breathable mesh, an evolution of packaging for the product.