The fundamentals of our products Incada and Invercote determine their environmental performance:
Renewable raw material from sustainably managed forest.
Bio-energy as the main driver of production processes.
Easily recyclable like all fiber-based products.
Harmless and quickly decompose if they end up in nature.
Can be used to replace fossil-based packaging materials with a bio-based alternative.
Friendly and functional
One of the largest challenges the packaging world is facing today is the transition away from plastic towards more sustainable packaging materials. The problems with plastics are both the fossil raw material and the massive amounts of plastics polluting our waters.
Paperboard like Incada and Invercote is much more friendly to our planet and avoid both these problems.
Biogenic, based on wood. Non-toxic, suitable for food packaging. Completely biodegradable in nature or in sea water and works well in composting.
Additionally paperboard has a fantastic functionallity by being light and strong, yet flexible and easy to handle in packaging production.
Replacing other materials
Paperboard can be used, with significant gains, to replace other packaging materials. Its properties make it a good choice for many packaging applications. For example replacing:
Plastic – Significantly lower carbon footprint. In many applications using paperboard can save between 75% and 99% of the fossil carbon emissions compared to a similar packaging application in plastic.
Glass - Lighter and less brittle. The weight of a paperboard container is often a fraction of a glass jar of same size, making transportation much less fuel demanding.
Metal - Lower energy use. The fossil energy used to produce a metal can for food packaging is usually enough to produce 10 similar paperboard packagings and still have a lower emission of fossil CO2.
Easy to recycle
All Holmen Iggesund products are based on wood fibers, fresh or, so called virgin, fibres. Virgin fibre is stronger and cleaner than recycled fibres. They are excellent for demanding packaging applications where extra functionality and excellent print results are needed. When recycled, the virgin fibre provides a valuable input that raises the quality of the recycled pulp, and the products produced from it.
Recycling fundamental for success of the paper product system The high degree of paper recycling gives legitimacy to all paper based products. The system as a whole, with high recovery and recycling rates, has a high credibility since the fibre can appear in many different types of applications throughout its life span. The recycling process for paper based materials is far simpler than the corresponding process for oter packaging materials like plastics.
European paper recycling rate is 70 per cent Paper based products in general have a significantly higher recycling rate than comparable packaging materials throughout the world. According to statistics from the Confederation of European Paper Industries more than 70% of all paper produced in Europe is collected for recycling and production of new paper products. A remarkable figure, compared to other recycling systems, that most likely will improve with actions taken in many countries.