Fourniture Industrie Service (FIS) has produced bubble wrap made of recycled kraft paper in a bid to meet demand for sustainability-minded packaging without compromising on product protection.

Designed to replace traditional plastic bubble wrap, FIS’ paper alternative consists of two layers of recycled kraft paper filled with air bubbles. It is designed to be both lightweight and flexible, claiming to optimize shock absorption and protect delicate items in transit and storage.

In this sense, paper bubble wrap is thought to outperform other paper-based solutions like honeycomb structures or embossed paper – although FIS adds that the latter is sometimes valuable as extra protection between fragile products, such as plates.

It is hoped that the product will align with the packaging industry’s increasing focus on sustainability. FIS points to Amazon’s work with the US Department of Energy’s BOTTLE Consortium – an effort set to recover and recycle materials from mixed waste streams and ensure that wayward materials biodegrade in the natural environment – as proof of this demand from key industry players.

In a similar development, Papair’s PapairWrap, a synthetic- and adhesive-free bubble wrap made entirely out of paper, was nominated for a Sustainability Award under the commercialized Recyclable Packaging category in 2023. This came shortly after production launched at Papair’s production site in Rethem an der Aller.

Meanwhile, Flöter Verpackungs-Service’s FSC-certified biodegradable and 100% paper PaperWave air cushions were previously awarded the WorldStar Packaging Award under the e-commerce category.

Antalis has also designed the Paragon ecoMLR paper mailer as a lightweight, recyclable, and impact-resistant alternative to single-use mailing items – set to replace bubble wrap and padded packaging.

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