Koepala, a sustainable packaging company providing solutions for on-the-go food, and global chemistry expertise company Kemira have announced a cooperative partnership. This partnership is a result of the recent “Food for Thought” innovation challenge, won by Koepala . The challenge looked for new business models and alternatives to single-use plastics in food packaging. As a result, the two companies started to work collaboratively to test their solutions.

Koepala isa Helsinki based take-out food packaging development company, which innovates, tests and seeks to commercialise new packaging concepts. The end goal of Koepala’s innovation is to reduce the use of single-use plastics in food packaging. According to the company, one of the unique elements of its solution is that the packaging is engineered to be flat. It flexes in to a bowl shape to allow ease-of-use. Kemira’s chemistry expertise enables this design to take shape.

“The cooperation allows us to test our chemistry innovations for renewable food packaging very hands-on,” explains Sami Puttonen, Senior Manager at Kemira. “At Koepala, we are driven by our environmental commitments for sustainable, flat and flexible packaging solutions,” says Koepala’s CEO Janne Asikainen.

The two companies say they hope the results of the testing will provide major leaps forward in sustainable packaging.