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Another fresh foods company chooses sustainable alternative to EPS for e-commerce packaging

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June 24, 2020
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by Drishti Masand
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Smurfit Kappa and Patani Global Food have collaborated to develop paper-based cold-chain packaging. Smurfit Kappa claims that the paper-based solution is 100% recyclable while offering greater flexibility over EPS, as it can be stored flat. It is unclear if this paper-based solution will have sufficient performance to become an alternative for EPS, but its sourcing and end of life are certainly more sustainable. Clients should note that EPS foam will most likely be replaced fully in the coming years due to growing regulations; companies should switch to a suitable alternative sooner rather than later. Materials like PLA and fiber-based materials may be better suited to replace EPS than paper.

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