Stora Enso has partnered with Picadeli, a leading takeaway salad bar company, to introduce formed fibre lids for takeaway packaging that are recyclable and biodegradable.

The lids are made from PureFiber by Stora Enso, which the company says is produced from wood-based formed fibre sourced from sustainably managed forests and using green energy. The PureFiber lids reportedly contain no plastic, as well as no per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances or other forever chemicals.

In addition, the companies claim the new lids are recyclable and biodegradable. The carbon footprint of the PureFiber lid is up to 75% lower compared to alternative materials such as plastic or bagasse, the companies add.

PureFiber can be used for applications including single-use food packaging items like cups, bowls, clamshells, plates, and lids. The new formed fibre lids apparently offer a good user experience and tightly seal the goods inside.

Sohrab Kazemahvazi, SVP of formed fibre at Stora Enso, comments: “Our strategic aim is to grow with sustainable, scalable, and innovative packaging solutions. We do this by supporting strong forerunner brands such as Picadeli in meeting the growing consumer demand for plastic-free and circular solutions.

“A salad bowl lid is a good example of an everyday single-use plastic item that can make an important difference on climate footprint when replaced by a sustainable alternative.”

David von Laskowski, group CEO at Picadeli, adds: “We work continuously to make tasty, sustainable, and healthy fast food more accessible.

“Launching the formed fibre lid will further reduce our carbon footprint, supporting our business strategy for sustainability.”

The formed fibre lids have been available to consumers at Picadeli salad bars since March 2022.

Stora Enso says that PureFiber can also be used to replace plastic packaging for other industries, such as agriculture, electronics, and cosmetics. The company recently invested EUR 8 million to double its production capacity of formed fibre in Europe.