In addition to introducing two new fiber-based papers that meet strict food safety regulations, Stora Enso has added new grammages for other packaging papers to expand the possibilities of use. We spoke to Teija Kärkkäinen, Business and Product Development Manager at Stora Enso, about these alternatives and how they can contribute toward a more sustainable, circular economy.
Stora Enso has been selling packaging papers for several years now. What’s new?At Stora Enso we’ve been working to expand our paper portfolio to find products that best fit customers’ needs as we move toward a plastics-free future. To that end, we’ve updated and expanded our packaging paper portfolio to provide fibre-based alternatives. We now have a larger portfolio in the packaging papers line that offers greater choice.
Some of these changes include the addition of LumiPack and LumiWrap, uncoated papers for foodstuffs that have good printability and great runnability. With LumiWrap, we can offer a sustainably sourced, food-safe paper that can be used even with moist or fatty foods and is fully recyclable in the paper stream. The lightweight LumiPack is available for use in corrugated boxes and pouches. We have also updated the C1S (one side coated) portfolio to provide additional weights and enhanced strength.
Who are these packaging papers ideal for?Our customer base is wide, and we can work with each customer – whether a brand, a converter, or a printer – find the right paper that best suits their needs. That means, for example, that we can find a solution to replace packaging that previously had a plastic window with one that is comprised entirely of paper. With the added weights and improved strength on the LumiFlex Light and LumiLabel Light lines, we are responding to those needs as well. What’s important to note, here, is that all of these packaging papers have met proven food safety certification standards, with no harmful chemicals, so they’re ideal for use by the food industry.
What are some of the benefits of these packaging paper solutions?More and more we see increased consumer consciousness about the problems that plastic poses and brands are searching out sustainable alternatives. With these products, we’re taking a step towards offering those alternatives by offering packaging papers that are responsibly sourced and recyclable.
What does the future hold for the packaging paper market?
Many of those in the food industry are taking active steps to shift to a sustainable packaging future, aiming to eliminate plastics. There’s still quite a bit in development to respond to these goals as we’re still at the beginning of the move from plastics to alternative materials. However, there are many intelligent people working to find new solutions. At the same time, growth in the flexible packaging paper market globally is strong, at a pace of about 2 per cent each year. So we’re going to see enhanced innovation and greater supply in the future.
Find out more about our range of packaging papers here.