Its popularity and reputation as the go-to sustainable packaging option for large, bespoke, heavy, small and fragile products is fast-growing, and the design possibilities are endless. From end caps, trays, plates, bowls to clamshell containers and much more.
Pulp can virtually replace any form of plastic polystyrene and foam and is available in different types, such as recycle waste-based pulp and virgin fibre/sugarcane pulp.
Unlike recycled pulp, virgin fibre pulp can be used in the medical, cosmetic and food industries without risk of contamination. An example of this virgin fibre pulp is using sugarcane, the material can be very sustainable, durable, firm and microwavable.
How is pulp made and how it is sustainable? Water and paper get mixed together to form a slurry which is then shaped, pressed and dried. A traditional production process begins with manually creating moulds used to manufacture the moulded pulp process. Then, with wet pressing technology, the pulp is vacuum formed into the mould, wet pressed for a superior finish and finally transferred into the tri-zone dryer to evaporate excess water.
The moulded fibre packaging market is a worldwide industry valued at $8 billion. Pulp has been around for decades but is now the fastest-growing segment in the packaging market, with the current primary sectors being in the food and beverage and electronic industry. In recent years, this growth has been fuelled by consumer demands for sustainable alternatives and the growing concern for the environment.
“With pulp being one of our favourite sustainable packaging materials, we are delighted to know after 20 years of minimal changes, the time has come for manufacturers to improve their efficiency and production process making pulp far more flexible and popular.” Rob Neale, Managing Director – Switch Packaging
The Switch team has done their research into new technologies surrounding pulp production, and it’s great to see other leading brands provide advancements to overcome some of the difficulties of more traditional moulded pulp fibre process. Recent developments have been made to ease and improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process, understanding how best to use pulp and also taking advantages of 3D printing capabilities. With these, delivering quality moulded fibre products faster has been made possible.
The benefits of recent advancements include:
Increased operational efficiency
It is so great to see the investments made in moulded pulp to benefit the packaging industry. The capabilities are endless, and it is an exciting journey to start to maximise the benefits of these.
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