Like other plant-based cellulose fibres, wood fibre has one supreme advantage over plastic:
Nature knows how to get rid of it.
Here are the top 6 reasons why paperboard would beat plastic in a game of 'Spot the Environmental Benefits' any day of the week...
Wood fibre is a renewable raw material. The forest is not a finite resource, unlike oil which will one day run out.
Wood fibre is part of a natural circular system. Wood fibre can be used up to seven times in new products before it has finished making a contribution - then new wood fibre must be added.
Wood fibre can be burned when it can no longer be used, it can then replace fossil fuels. If it is not burnt, it will still decompose naturally in nature and disappear within months - unlike plastics which do not decompose and can remain in the environment for up to 500 years!
Paper and paperboard are naturally biodegradable materials that nature itself can decompose over time, unlike plastic. Plastic is not a high value material in the waste stream and presents a multitude of recycling challenges due to the broad array of plastic types, lack of proper labelling and the loses to it's composition with each recycle. The sad reality is that most plastics are ending up in landfill or heavily polluting our oceans.
Wood fibre is a raw material that we have lots of! When forests are managed sustainably that is. Confoil's Dualpak paperboard meal trays are made using only FSC certified wood that adheres to sustainable forestry practices.
The sixth and possibly the BEST reason to choose wood fibre over plastics is that wood fibre works to counteract climate change. Yes, that's right. Growing trees bind carbon dioxide, which is then stored in products made of wood raw materials. Paper and paperboard bind carbon dioxide and offset carbon dioxide emissions. To reduce the effects of climate change, it is important that we increase the speed at which we are replacing fossil raw materials with renewable ones.
Source: Inspire Magazine, Iggesund Paperboard, Sweden, Edition 1, 2019
So, what are the options when it comes to meal trays?
Has your business been using plastic meal trays? Are you ready to make the switch to a better alternative?
While the problems around single-use plastics consumption are overwhelming, it is important to remember that your actions count. Every decision and seemingly small switch we make can have HUGE positive flow on effects.
Imagine the difference your business could make if it switched to a biodegradable or compostable packaging option over the next year, or five years...
The future is pretty exciting right...? Confoil offer two options for makers of ready meals, our Dualpak paperboard meal trays and our Pulp meal trays. Both are compatible with heat sealing, and both are environmentally sustainable. So which would be best for your needs? Let's take a closer look.
Learn more about Dualpak Paperboard Meal Trays.
Learn more about Pulp Meal Trays.
Request a sample today and experience first hand how beneficial these products can be for your business.