Pulp and paper firm Stora Enso has commenced production of formed fibre food service products at its Hylte Mill in Sweden.

Named as PureFibre, the company’s eco-product range is manufactured without plastic and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The PureFiber range enables a renewable, biodegradable, recyclable, sustainable and safe alternative for fresh food packaging, claimed the company.

The production commenced following the announcement of an investment in 2019.

Stora Enso is also investing in additional formed fibre capacity in Hylte Mill in Sweden and Qian’an Mill in China.

Following the investment, annual capacity at both the mills will be approximately 115 million units of products.

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Stora Enso packaging solutions division executive vice president David Ekberg said: “Market demand for formed fibre products is accelerating, and these products offer a unique solution to meet that demand.

“Single-use plastics are already banned in many countries and PFAS in food applications are increasingly scrutinised by health authorities. This ramp-up marks our first step in putting a new generation of sustainable and safe formed fibre products on the market.”

Stora Enso provides plastic-free barrier technology designed for food contact packaging applications through partnership with HS Manufacturing Group and its patented technology, PROTĒAN.

This joint patent-pending technology provides fiber-based packaging water-, grease- and oil-resistant barrier properties, without plastic or PFAS.

This solution can be used for a wide range of products such as single-use food service items.

According to a Life Cycle Analysis study, PureFiber product line is claimed to have a CO2 footprint that is around 75% lower against competing packaging materials.

Last month, Stora Enso revealed plans to develop a pilot facility at the company’s Fors Mill in Sweden, which will manufacture a lightweight, fibre-based foam material called Cellufoam for protective packaging and cushioning.