Matrix Pack has entered a strategic partnership with PulPac to produce cutlery made from Dry Molded Fiber – a move hoped to serve as a lower-cost, environmentally-conscious replacement for single-use plastic and wooden solutions.

A fully industrialized cutlery set is expected to be available by early 2025, which will apparently make Matrix Pack the first producer to introduce Dry Molded Fiber to the market. The cutlery is expected to cut down on cost, alongside water and energy consumption.

PulPac and PA Consulting will lead the cutlery’s development, while Matrix Pack will co-develop the industrialization of the post-processing solution. The companies seek to meet the market’s environmental and economic needs and pursue a more sustainable solution in eating applications.

“Our goal within this partnership is to develop a consumer-friendly solution that not only meets market standards for functionality but also emphasizes cost-efficiency,” said Sanna Fager, chief commercial officer at PulPac. “It’s an honor to work with a frontrunner like Matrix Pack.

“By combining the strengths of PA Consulting, PulPac, and Matrix Pack, we can accelerate development and industrialization, bringing innovative, sustainable products to market.

“We are excited to deepen our strong partnership with Matrix Pack, and this collaboration underscores PulPac’s commitment to continuously supporting licensees with new product solutions.”

“At Matrix Pack, we strive to continuously provide the market with new sustainable products,” added business developer manager Dionysis Valentis. “Dry Molded Fiber is an ideal technology for cutlery due to its strength and cost benefits from the speed of production.

“We are proud to work with such knowledgeable partners and to be the first producer to launch Dry Molded Fiber Cutlery to the market and to the standards required by the major global brands we are working with.”

At Lunch! 2023, Sabert Corporation Europe presented a range of patented recyclable paper cutlery. Said to come with full FSC chain of custody accreditations, the range is thought to perform well with stiffness and cut quality in both hot and cold foods, as well as provide consumers with a pleasant and smooth feel when handled.

Meanwhile, Eco-Products’ new Veridian range – designed to meet America’s new labelling rules that require the use of the word “compostable,” a third-party certification mark, and a varying combination of colour and design elements – features cutlery amongst its lineup.

If you liked this story, you might also enjoy: 

How are the top brands progressing on packaging sustainability? 

The ultimate guide to global plastic sustainability regulation 

How bad is ‘greenwashing’ in fast fashion packaging? 

A conversation with P&G’s Chief Sustainability Officer