It came about through an exclusive partnership with coffee brand, Nespresso. The technology allows wood fibres to be moulded into intricate shapes with high-precision tolerances to a fraction of a millimetre.
The home compostable paper-based coffee capsule was launched by Nespresso in France in November. It is a significant development in innovation for the circular economy and a leap forward for consumers around the world.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Nespresso on a unique home compostable paper-based capsule designed for circularity. This breakthrough innovation is the result of combining fiber, a natural renewable material, with our proprietary high precision technology, creating a sustainable alternative for Nespresso lovers.
The capsules will be produced in line with our blueloop brand promise, which incorporates our commitment to design for circularity, to be operationally carbon neutral, and to responsibly source our materials in line with our 2030 strategy,” says Charles Héaulmé, president and chief executive at Huhtamaki.
He added: “Huhtamaki is committed to delivering sustainable packaging solutions with a positive impact on the environment. It is pro-actively working with innovative consumer brands to redesign the future of packaging.
“This partnership’s success demonstrates how innovation and collaboration can deliver for the circular economy, and tackle climate action by becoming carbon neutral while not forgetting other environmental and social aspects of sustainability.
“We see this technology as a paradigm shift in how we can use renewable wood fibre in complex food packaging. This innovation opens new avenues when it comes to the use of fibre in food packaging.
“Huhtamaki’s high-precision technology means we can capture the very clear sustainability benefits of renewable wood fibre in an expanding array of packaging solutions that offer superior functionality, keep food safe and maintain its quality.
“We see the development of this technology as a game changer milestone in sustainable packaging – and not only because the sustainability and food conservation features, but due to the new use case possibilities. We believe we will be able to replace for example caps and closures, which are today made of plastic or metals. Other potential applications are trays or containers that require lids that seal directly to the tray and are able to open/re-close.”