Pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Bayer has collaborated with packaging provider PAPACKS on fibre-based consumer health packaging.

The German companies are targeting an alternative to using traditional plastic packaging for Bayer brands including Aspirin, Bepanthen and Claritin.

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The biodegradable packaging will be made from responsible virgin fibres, featuring PAPACK’s moulded pulp technology that uses materials derived from renewable sources and a plant-based coating.

Bayer director of global packaging innovation Jesse DelGigante commented: “Reducing plastic utilisation is one of the greatest challenges of our industry, so we’re proud to accelerate progress towards using eco-friendly, renewable sources for our packaging.”

PAPACKS founder and CEO Tahsin Dag added: “We’re looking forward to the challenge of combining our pulp technology with plant-based coating with the rigorous standards mandated by regulatory agencies for over-the-counter medicines. We expect this collaboration to help redefine packaging standards for the industry.”

In late May 2024, PAPACKS signed a memorandum of understanding with industrial hemp company element6 Dynamics to expand its moulded and thermal-formed packaging in the US.

Bayer’s collaboration with PAPACKS follows the company’s recent announcement that it has joined the Blister Pack Collective to reduce single-use plastics in healthcare packaging.

Bayer has also previously launched an accessible QR code on its packaging for visually impaired consumers.

The pharmaceutical packaging market was valued at $127.0bn in 2023 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 6% by 2030.