Material Monday: PaperFoam

Material Monday: PaperFoam

Posted 19 June 2017 by Nirvana CPH

Starch and fibre are the main ingredients that PaperFoam is made of which makes this material low-carbon, compostable and recyclable. This week Seetal of Ma-tt-er explores the packaging alternative that can be applied within a multitude of products.

The starch actually comes from two renewable sources, that being potatoes and tapioca which are put into an industrial process that is also combined with recycled paper, water and premix which is the binding agent that holds the material together. The process involves injection molding which is then baked. The heat allows the material to be formed into a 3D object, very much like a vacuum former that can create a mold for many types of products.

PaperFoam is lightweight, 40% lighter than its plastic predecessor, energy efficient all the way through the lifecycle of the product, uses non-hazardous raw materials as it uses locally sourced renewable resources, a very low carbon footprint as the production process uses very minimal water, the packaging is compostable at home and pollution-free. All in all offering you a very responsible alternative 3D formed packaging tray suited to your needs.

Industries such as electronics, food, design, medical and the beauty industry are all turning to PaperFoam for all of the above.

Some options that can be created with this technique and material are the following:

  • Clamshell
  • Hinged tray
  • Multiple cavity tray
  • Clamping and friction fit
  • Top and bottom identical fit   

Most packaging solutions tend to use single use plastics that won’t be able to continue their lifecycle which can have a detrimental effect on the planet but as you can read there are solutions out there that can overcome these problems.