In a strategic move towards sustainable packaging solutions, UPM Specialty Papers now boasts a diverse selection of packaging papers explicitly designed for home composting.

The newly certified papers conform to the NFT51-800:2015 standard, with an additional certification as industrially compostable under EN13432:2000. The certified papers include:

  • Barrier papers: UPM Prego and UPM Asendo.
  • Coated one side papers: UPM FlexPack, UPM UniquePack, and UPM UniquePack Strong.
  • Speciality kraft papers: UPM Solide Lucent.

Empowering sustainable choices

These fibre-based and recyclable packaging materials offer brand owners and converters a powerful tool to create home-compostable packaging solutions.

Susanna Hyrkäs, senior sustainability manager at UPM Specialty Papers, emphasised the importance of recycling but noted that compostability serves as a valuable alternative.

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“Recycling should always be the first option to consider when possible. However, compostability is a good option when recycling of packaging papers is not possible due to food residues, for example. Compostability can also play a role when recycling infrastructure is limited.”

Compostability unveiled

Compostability involves breaking down compostable materials into nutrient-rich soil that is conducive to plant growth.

Notably, the distinction between home composting and industrial composting lies in temperature and timeline.

Home-compostable materials, under optimal conditions (20°C-30°C), biodegrade within 12 months and disintegrate within six months, yielding non-ecotoxic compost.

A step towards responsibility targets

Aligned with its 2030 responsibility targets, UPM emphasised a commitment to promoting a circular economy and sustainable product design.

Both recyclability and compostability play integral roles in ensuring a responsible end-of-life solution for its products.

Beyond packaging papers, UPM Specialty Papers extends its commitment to sustainability with a comprehensive range of industrially and home-compostable label papers.