As brand owners and consumers look to lower their environmental impact, Stora Enso hopes that its new plastic-free, lightweight board designed for premium packaging will help them decrease their carbon footprint.

The company describes its new Performa Light product as a renewable and recyclable board for premium folding cartons typically used in packaging of chocolate and confectionery, as well as beauty products.

According to Stora Enso, Performa Light allows for a 70% reduction of CO2 emissions in production compared to the competition due to fossil-free energy production and a patented fibre treatment technology, FiberLight Tec, which the company says saves energy and raw materials.

The company also says that its new board has a very low weight and improved strength due to microfibrillated cellulose in the structure, apparently resulting in less waste and lower CO2 emissions in transport.

“Consumers increasingly choose brands that enable them to lead eco-friendly lives. By offering a low-carbon product for chocolate packaging, we can help confectionery brands meet this demand by making a difference in the battle against climate change,” says Öystein Aksnes, VP, Liquid Packaging and Carton Board at Stora Enso.