11 Mai 2015

Biobased, compostable PaperFoam captures prestigious DieLine Award for sustainable packaging design

Design is as simple as it is effective, consisting of two PaperFoam halves and a paper wrapper

Netherlands-based PaperFoam, has nabbed the DieLine Sustainable Packaging Award 2015 for its Naturally Clicquot 2, an eco-packaging design solution made for champagne producer Veuve Clicquot.

The company is the producer of PaperFoam material, is a biopolymer based on industrial starch derived from potatoes or tapioca, cellulose fibers and Premix, which is made via an injection molding process. This low carbon-footprint material is biodegradable and home compostable.

The award-winning Naturally Clicquot 2 packaging is a follow-up version of the Naturally Clicquot 1, which was developed and launched last year in collaboration with the champagne producer. Intended as a gift packaging, the design was as simple as it was effective, consisting of two PaperFoam halves and a paper wrapper. The isothermal properties of the material kept the bottle cool for up to two hours. A major issue was the condensation that formed on the bottle inside the packaging, which caused the starch-based PaperFoam material to become sticky. A special formulation, developed in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, solved this problem.

Launched this year, the Naturally Clicquot 2 offers a number of improvements over the earlier version. The design is more convenient, making it easier to carry and to set down. The packaging consists of two parts that are held together by a Velcro wrapper, making it reclosable and reusable. Also, the material used for the Naturally Clicquot 2 is more resistant than the earlier formulation, while retaining its excellent isothermal properties.

The DieLine Award competition is among the most prestigious design competition in the world. Each year, 39 winners are selected in 13 different categories that are awarded first, second and third place. One Sustainable Packaging Award is handpicked by the judges to highlight innovative contributions to the field of sustainable packaging design.

Source: Bioplastics MAGAZINE, 2015-05-06.

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