Metsä Group, in collaboration with its innovation company Metsä Spring and business Fiskars Group has launched a new fibre-based packaging solution named ‘Mouto 3D’.

The packaging combines elements from all three partners, including Metsä’s folding paper boxboard, which provides a high-quality printing surface to support the outer packaging.

The boxboard itself encases Fiskars’ ReNew scissors, which are made using recycled materials, and Muoto 3D inner packaging.

The plastic-free packaging has been developed at Metsä Board’s Excellence Centre in Finland.

Metsä’s packaging designer Liro Numminen said: “The Excellence Centre in Äänekoski organises workshops where we can investigate, innovate and test future material and packaging solutions based on renewable fresh fibre jointly with customers.”

One of the main feedstocks used in the packaging solution was renewable and sustainably grown wet wood harvested from Äänekoski in Finland, which was then
evaluated at Metsä’s and Valmet’s joint demonstration plant.

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The solution is available in different sizes and shapes and can be customised as a viable option for a variety of packages.

Metsä Spring’s product manager Tarja Heikkilä said: “Muoto 3D fibre packages can be shaped in many ways: they are pressed into their final form using new 3D technology that enables the production of rounded, complex shapes familiar from the plastics industry.

“It is also suitable for creating lightweight yet stiff packaging structures offering good protective properties.”

Heikkilä said that Muoto is currently undergoing a trial stage, which signifies that both companies are testing its potential to be introduced in the market.

Fiskars packaging design manager Marko Halttunen said: “Fiskars Group believes that forerunner design is sustainable. It covers the entire chain from ideation to sourcing, manufacturing, and business development.

“We want to challenge throwaway culture in all its forms. Now in the demo stage, Muoto’s production technology and raw material make the product a good example of interesting new initiatives that we’re working on in cooperation with sustainable partners.”