Solenis, a global producer of speciality chemicals, is partnering with BIO-LUTIONS to develop fibre-based, single-use food packaging from agricultural residue with a solution that reportedly removes the need for binding agents and allows for the use of barrier coatings made with renewable materials. 

BIO-LUTIONS says it mechanically converts agricultural residues into its self-binding and durable fibcro natural fibres. This patented method reportedly eliminates the need for binding agents or chemical cellulose isolation, as the fibre itself is used.

Using these fibres, BIO-LUTIONS adds that it can create a variety of single-use disposable products and packaging, which are suitable for food industry applications.

The company is also using Solenis’ portfolio of barrier coatings for fibre-based products, which includes a range of products that repel water and water vapour, hot and cold liquids, and oils and greases. Solenis says that these barrier coatings are available as either water-based polymer emulsions or solid biowaxes, which are reportedly made with renewable raw materials.

The companies claim that the fibre-based packaging coated with Solenis’ barrier coatings is typically repulpable, recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable.

Richard Brooks, global packaging director, food packaging at Solenis, comments: “The demand for sustainable packaging has increased dramatically in recent years as consumers have become more mindful of the effects their buying choices have on the environment.

“Being a technology partner with such a new and innovative company like BIO-LUTIONS will allow a close working relationship where we can exchange ideas that hopefully lead to faster innovation and the creation of more sustainable disposable products for the food and beverage paper packaging market.”

Eduardo Gordillo, founder and CEO of BIO-LUTIONS International AG, adds: “The extensive experience and know-how of Solenis is a great addition to our technical expertise in agricultural fibre-based product manufacturing.

“Our joint development of new barrier formulations for these products will create even more sustainable solutions for the market.

“The goal of our collaboration is to create innovative formulas for optimal symbiosis between the barriers and our fibcro fibres, to meet the increased demand for sustainable solutions in the food and beverage industry.”