Cellulose foam by Stora Enso wins “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year”

Published 4 February 2021
Stora Enso’s cellulose foam wins “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2021” in an award ceremony organised during the 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres (2-3 February 2021). Cellulose foam was among six nominees up for the award, all recognised for the development of new technologies and applications in the cellulose fibre industry.

Cellulose foam by Stora Enso is a lightweight wood fiber-based foam material for protective and cushioning material in packaging. This novel, sustainable foam material has been designed to be fully natural and the technology offers a biodegradable alternative to a wide range of products.

The lightweight and shock absorbing properties make it an especially attractive alternative for protective packaging applications. In this space, environmental concerns are currently driving regulatory efforts towards limiting, or banning, the use of traditional fossil-based foam materials, such as polyethylene (PE) foam and expanded polystyrene (EPS), commonly known as Styrofoam. The environmentally friendly production process of cellulose foam results in a material that is renewable and that can be fully recycled with regular paper and board. Our cellulose foam is a game changing cutting-edge material created for a circular bioeconomy.

Development work and scale-up around this technology is ongoing along with the building of a pilot facility at Stora Enso’s Fors Mills in Sweden. The pilot aims to evaluate and validate cellulose foam as a packaging foam in customer tests and to further develop the production process. It is estimated that the plant will be ready in the fourth quarter of 2021.

For further information on the Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2021 award, please click here.

nova-Institute is a private and independent research institute, founded in 1994; nova offers research and consultancy with a focus on bio-based and CO2-based economy in the fields of food and feedstock, techno-economic evaluation, markets, sustainability, dissemination, B2B communication and policy. Every year, nova organises several large conferences on these topics.

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Our cellulose foam is convertible with existing techniques and creates a circular material flow. Things couldn’t be easier – it is already fully recyclable with board and paper materials in existing waste collection schemes.