Smurfit Kappa has collaborated with the independent packaging consultant, Juozas Baranauskas, on a food box designed for the Lithuanian restaurant Fresh Post that is made from a recyclable, paper-based monomaterial that can absorb mineral oils. 

The Twin Kraft Grease Guard MB12 packaging solution is made from Smurfit Kappa’s Twin Kraft Solid Board, which is an FSC certified, paper-based monomaterial specifically designed for food packaging. The company’s MB12 technology apparently allows the material, which is recyclable, to absorb mineral oils, keeping food safe while protecting aroma and taste.

In addition, Smurfit Kappa says that the pack is created in an energy-efficient manner with a “significant” reduction in both electricity and water compared to the previous solution. The complete lifecycle of the pack, including the origin of the material, supply chain, and how it is collected at the end of life and recycled to make new packaging, is available on the Fresh Post website as a digital add-on to give consumers full transparency.

Arco Berkenbosch, VP of innovation and development at Smurfit Kappa, comments: “We work with customers of all sizes to help them realise their sustainability goals and present their products in the best and most sustainable way.

“We were delighted to work with Juozas on the creation of this innovative and sustainable packaging solution for Fresh Post. It’s yet another example of a Better Planet Packaging product with the potential to have a transformative effect on a sector.

“If all takeaway food providers were to switch to a paper-based material like Twin Kraft Solid Board, the impact would be significant.”

Inga Tribuišienė, founder and CEO of Fresh Post, says: “Today we have everything we wanted - responsibility from suppliers and manufacturers, and complete traceability of the packaging down to the smallest detail.

“The whole development has even led to a reduction in costs of packaging and the new material will reduce taxes on packaging which are starting this year.”

Earlier this year, Smurfit Kappa worked with the UK recipe box company, Mindful Chef, on recyclable corrugated cardboard insulation packs for its home-delivery kits. The company has also previously launched a paper-based punnet portfolio, Safe&Green, for fresh produce in Europe.