Sustainable packaging company DS Smith and biodegradable polymer solution provider Aquapak have partnered to develop fibre-based packaging solutions.

Under this partnership, the solutions will be targeted to replace or reduce hard to recycle plastic packaging.

The partnership has completed pilot trials to test performance and recyclability of the biodegradable alternatives.

The team will now focus on developing solution that will see the use of Aquapak, a biodegradable and water-soluble polymer, Hydropol, in place of traditional plastic films.

DS Smith materials development director Nick Thompson said: “We are proud to be partnering with Aquapak in developing a fully recyclable packaging alternative to non-recyclable plastics.

“Aquapak’s technological advances in novel barrier chemistries combined with our broad range of packaging applications can help us work together to solve many of the most pressing packaging recyclability issues.

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“The impact will be immediate, and our aims are aligned in bringing a much greater circularity to recyclable packaging products.”

This exclusive partnership is expected to enhance DS Smith long-term sustainability goals including plans to produce 100% reusable or recyclable packaging by 2025.

Aquapak Polymers CEO Mark Lapping said: “Both organisations are committed to eliminating plastic-pollution at the source and by working together, we can help speed up the roll out of recyclable, biodegradable packaging that is designed for the circular economy as well as being safe for land and sea.”

Recently, DS Smith manufactured a 100% recyclable Greencoat cooler to replace the plastic foam coolers.