Finnish speciality paper maker Ahlstrom-Munksjö has partnered with Seoil to launch a new fibre-based U-shaped drinking straw CelluStrawU.

CelluStraw was designed in response to various food industry initiatives to eliminate single-use plastic straws.

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According to the company, the material has been tested and qualified for U-shaped paper straws, enabling it to design a new solution for Seoil, its partners and customers.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö used responsibly sourced natural fibres to produce renewable, recyclable, biodegradable CelluStraw that is safe for food contact.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Food Packaging specialties business area product management and marketing vice-president Brian Oost said: “Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to contribute to a sustainable everyday life with innovative solutions.

“The U-shaped paper straw is yet another good example of our competence in fibre-based materials and how we push the boundaries of what fibres can do.

“We are proud to introduce one of the first solutions for U-shaped paper straws in partnership with our esteemed partner Seoil Corporation.”

CelluStraw features various speciality paper grades that are suitable for manufacturing the inner and outer plies of paper straw and can be used on high-speed converting machines for aseptic beverage cartons.

Seoil president Ken Kim said: “Seoil Corporation is a South Korea-based long-standing leading manufacturer of drinking straws and foldable utensils.

“Seoil has already launched the market-leading U-shaped paper straws in selected geographies and will roll it out globally in the coming months.”

In July, Ahlstrom-Munksjö introduced a range of fibre-based wax alternative packaging papers ParaFree for the fast food and food packaging industries.