Welcome to our glossary, which deals with new materials for foodpackaging.


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Bottles Without a Label – This fully recyclable bottle is made with readily 100% recycled PET (r-PET). 1SKIN has been designed by Sidel for easy recycling. With its thermoformed embossment design, the label-free bottle with its tethered cap can enter the recycling stream with no need to separate additional raw materials such as ink, glue, labels or sleeves. Meeting[…]


Material Savings With Thinner Crown Corks – ACTEGA DS GmbH, based in Bremen, belongs to ALTANA AG and primarily produces seals for food and beverage packaging – from jam jars to beer bottles. ACTEGA’s innovative sealants enable thinner crown caps. A hermetic closure keeps the carbon dioxide in check. The starting point for this was discussions with closure manufacturers, bottlers, and[…]

Agar Plasticity

Packing Based On Seaweed – “Agar Plasticity” is a materials research project exploring agar as an alternative to synthetic plastics. Agar is a traditional Japanese food that is often used to make sweets. However, it is also used worldwide in the scientific and medical fields. It is sold mainly in dried state in the form of blocks, flakes and[…]

MILK MaterialLab Agriplast Biowert

Cellulose Plastic Cup – AgriPlast consists of up to 75% cellulose obtained from regional meadow grass. This is embedded in a thermoplastic matrix, which can be made of recycled materials, PP, PE, PCL or biodegradable plastics. AgriPlast has a finely grained, natural-looking surface and, like plastic, can be colored as desired. The substance is extremely resilient, versatile, easy[…]


Technology Center For New packaging Materials – The AINIA is one of the largest European technology centers with more than 700 affiliated companies and 1,300 customers. Founded in 1987 as a non-profit organization, the Research and Development Center works to help companies develop sustainable packaging materials with improved and novel functionality. From the point of view of sustainability, biotechnology plays an[…]

AIRplus® Bio Home Compostable

Compostable Protective Shipping Air Cushions – Air cushions crafted from Storopack’s AIRplus® Bio Home Compostable film are both partially bio-based and compostable and incorporates a portion of renewable starch. They are suited for protecting light to medium-weight products within boxes during transportation. The cushions are certified for home composting, ensuring complete degradation into natural, non-toxic resources in both private and[…]

Algae Offset Ink
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Algae Printing Ink – This algae-based ink replaces petroleum-derived pigments used in conventional offset ink and have a much smaller carbon footprint. The project was carried out jointly by the Patagonia brand and Living Ink. After a successful test run, 8,000 brochures were printed on a 100% PCW recycled paper. Living Ink. has been working on algae-based ink[…]

Algae Water Bottle
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Bottle From Agar-Agar – Ari Jonsson during his at the Academy of Arts in Rekjavik has developed the concept for a water bottle made of agar-agar, which dissolves within a few days after use. For this purpose, agar-agar is brought to a boil with water and a gelled mass is formed. This is then poured into a frozen[…]

Alginsulate foam

Foam from algae – The innovative alginsultate foam, which was developed in an exchange between TU Graz and the Universidad de Magallanes in Chile, shows the natural sea dweller in a new light. The extraction of the algae material is considered environmentally friendly due to the low CO2 emissions during production. Algae is also a rapidly renewable raw[…]

Alter Eco Foods
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Compostable Chocolate Packaging – The goal of the American company Alter Eco Foods, in addition to Fair Trade-Certified production of chocolate products, is to use packaging that is fully compostable. To keep the environmental impact balanced founders Mathieu Senard and Edouard Rollet rely on constantly evolving packaging processes. After years in the making, Gone4Food was introduced, a so-called[…]


A Circular Water Bottle – The New Zealand company “For The Better Good” has rebranded and evolved their bottle, and are now known as Anew. Made in New Zealand from a renewable plant-based material, their bottle are designed to be refilled and reused. If returned to one of their collection points, the bottle and its cap will be made[…]

MILK MaterialLab Apeel Apeel Sciences

Edible Protective Spray For Food – California-based startup Apeel Sciences developed an edible protective spray for fruits and vegetables derived from food scraps. This tasteless and low-calorie variant, due to its waterproof molecular structure, primarily serves to preserve the food, thus allowing protection from moisture and gases that continue the ripening process. The protective spray consists primarily of glycerol phosphatides[…]


Renewable Raw Based Material – ARBOBLEND consists of many different biologically derived materials, which together form a packaging material. Depending on the combination, ARBOBLEND consists of biopolymers such as polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), polycaprolactone (PCL), polyester (e.g. bio-PET), starch, polylactic acid (PLA), bio-polyolefins (bio-PE), bio-polyamides (bio-PA), lignin, natural resins, waxes, oils, natural fatty acids, cellulose, biological additives and natural reinforcing fibers.[…]


Outer Packaging From Palm Leaves – On a study trip to India, Arekapak’s founders experienced firsthand the environmental impact of the packaging industry – huge piles of garbage mar the country’s beauty. Thus, the urge arose to counteract this deplorable state of affairs with fully circular packaging, while at the same time strengthening the local economy. The first prototypes were[…]

MILK MaterialLab banka packaging Alexander Cherkasov

Packing With Shelf Life Indicator – Alexander Cherkasov’s concept aims to preserve the shelf life of, for example, pickles, tomatoes or cabbage, and to alert the consumer to a harmful development of the product by means of a discolored reaction surface. Once the deterioration of the food has occurred, the surface of the bag turns gray and disposal is inevitable.[…]

Be Green Packaging
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Nature BasedTake-Away Packaging – Be Green Packaging’s high-quality, compostable packaging is a sustainable solution that provides robust protection for restaurateurs and food retailer goods. With products made from bamboo, bagasse and bulrush, they are suitable for disposal home compost. The wide product range offers customers not only plates and bowls, but also a selection of recyclable cups and[…]

Bee Loop Honey Pot

Keeping Honey In Its Natural Home – The Bee Loop Honey Pot is made from 100% pure beeswax and is intended to be used as packaging for honey in order to have a positive impact on bees’ existence. The pot’s limit the need of glass or plastic containers that are used for storing honey. Designed and produced in Lithuania, it is a zero-waste[…]

Beeswax Wipes
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Alternative to Aluminium Foil and Cling Film – Driven by the idea of reducing their own need for plastic and disposable bags, the two Berliners Anna and Chelsea started making beeswax cloths. The space-saving and reusable method is lower in CO2 in its production compared to conventional reusable solutions such as jars. To make the beeswax cloths durable and biodegradable, a piece[…]


Friendly Worms Breaking Down Plastic Naturally – beworm is engaged in crafting a recycling method aimed at breaking down plastic waste into its raw components. By extracting plastic-degrading bacteria from their bee worms, they are focusing on breaking down polyethylene (PE), the most widely utilized plastic. The enzymes generated by these bacteria hold the promise of breaking plastics into fundamental chemicals,[…]

Bio Futura

Mono-Material Cups and Nature-Based To-Go Supplies – The Dutch company Bio Futura offers European-certified compostable or recyclable tableware. Within their wide selection customers can find their eco-friendlier cups, such as their mono-material double walled paper cups, and BIO-PP reusable drinking cups – both suitable for existing recycling systems, with the paper cup also being industrially compostable. Bio Futura’s also has the[…]

MILK MaterialLab Bio Beans Bio Beans

Organic Fuel From Coffee Grounds – As the world’s largest coffee grounds recycler, the British company bio-bean is trying to put the hundreds of thousands of tons of coffee grounds to new use. Usually, the used coffee beans end up in a landfill, but there they emit harmful greenhouse gases like methane. In order to enable industrial recycling of this[…]


Bioplastic For Flexible Film Applications – Bio-Flex bioplastic is based partly, sometimes entirely, on natural raw materials (e.g. corn, sugar cane or castor oil) and therefore serves various film applications in the food industry. The certified biodegradability allows it to be used in the agricultural industry. Decomposable plant clips are thus a way to plow under the bioplastics without having[…]

MILK MaterialLab Bio Glass Coverings ETC

Plates From Recycled Glass – BIO-GLASS is made of 100% recycled glass, is fully recyclable and contains no colorants or additives. Each BIO-GLASS has a unique color, which comes from the individually used raw material (champagne, beer, wine, sparkling wine bottles). It is also stain, frost, chemical and fire resistant. Product Name: BIO-GLASSManufacturer: COVERINGS ETC. Project Status: Concept //[…]


Tableware From Natural Fibers – BIO-LUTIONS uses only non-consumable raw materials such as banana stems, bagasse and rice straw in their products. By using such bi-products, they are able to abstain from the need for agricultural land. The disposable tableware and packaging solution are manufactured using a mechanical process that eliminates pulp extractions and bleaching. This process is aimed[…]

MILK MaterialLab BioFoam Symbra Technology

Biopolymer Foam – BioFoam consists of biopolymers, i.e. renewable, plant-based materials such as corn starch and sugar cane. BioFoam is therefore an organic-based foam that can be recycled. The material is biodegradable and can be industrially composted at high temperatures under the influence of moisture and bacteria.BioFoam is suitable for long-term use. Product Name: BioFoamManufacturer: BEWI Project[…]

BioMass Packaging
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Supplier From Take-Away Packaging – The American company BioMass Packaging specializes in the distribution of alternative friendly take-away packaging. These consist of both palm leaves, PLA, fruit pulp or recycled paper. In addition to menu boxes, BioMass Packaging offers cutlery sets, bags and cups. Product Name:BioMass PackagingManufacturer: Excellent Packaging & Supply Project Status: Concept // Prototype // Market Ready //[…]


Renewable Raw Material Takeaway Packaging – Bioodi has been offering sustainable takeaway packaging for over a decade. The range includes a wide selection of products made from bio-based materials that are recyclable and comply with the European industrial compost standard, EN 13432 standard. The product range includes kraft paper bags made from pine needles, bowls and dishes made from bamboo[…]


Sustainable Multifunctional Barrier Coatings – The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC is developing sustainable multifunctional barrier coatings for easily recyclable, bio-based or compostable packaging: BioORMOCER is a bio-based, compostable coating using residual materials from food production or other biological waste streams. This coating has very good barrier properties against water vapor, oxygen, aromas and plasticizers. The coating is[…]

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Wheat Bran Disposable Tableware – Growing up in a family that had already been running a mill for decades, Jerzy Wysocki decided to give the residual product of grain milling, wheat bran, a use. He developed a natural material from the grain shell and a small amount of water, which is suitable for use as disposable tableware by hot[…]

Blue Carbon Straw

A Fully Compostable Seaweed Based Straw – The Blue Carbon Straw from Loliware offers consumers a plastic-like but plastic-free alternative to conventional plastic straws. The straw is made from seaweed and is home compostable. According to the company, the straws have a lifespan of 18 hours. Loliware also offers SEA Tech resin, for use in molding other plastic-free products. Product Name:[…]


Replacing Conventional Multilayer Packaging – Bluemorph is an innovative high-barrier paper-based material for packaging. Its technology offers a recyclable alternative to single-use multilayer packaging, effectively addressing the pollution challenge posed by sachets and other formats. The material has over 90% bio-based content with 85% of its composition being paper, whilst minimising material usage. This packaging material is especially suited for[…]


Flexible Recyclable Cardboard Container – Boardio is a cartonboard-based, cost-efficient packaging solution with customized low to high barrier protection. Designed for recyclability with a high percentage of renewable board, the packaging is suitable for a variety of products such as dry mixes, coffee, snacks, confectionery and more. The packaging scores with its eye-catching shape and offers the option of[…]

Boox Box

A Circular Economy Box and Shipping Service – Boox Boxes were created with circular economy in mind. Due to its mono material design and no need of tape, Boox can be reshipped numerous times before being fully recycled back to a new shipping box. In preventing the use of one time use cardboard, the tough and waterproof boxes can be personally designed,[…]

Brill Food Printer
MILK MaterialLab Brill Food printer 3DSystems

Culinary products from the printer – The Brill Food Printer enables a variety of culinary shapes and colors with its food-grade 3D printing technology. Using this innovative technology, chefs can produce visually unusual creations for confectionery, garnishes or figurines in different sizes. The result of cooperation between the companies Brill Inc. and 3D Systems, as well as various chefs, focuses[…]


Resealable Cans & Tins – Cans of all types that typically could only be opened once can now be resealed with CanReseal. With it’s convenient twist on technology, cans be designed with all the current type of openings having CanReseal’s technology implemented. The resealing capability helps reduce food and drink wastage, while saving more space and material needed to[…]

Cardia Bioplastics

Compostable Resin & Film – SECOS Group Limited is an Australian developer and manufacturer of sustainable packaging materials. The company specializes in the production of compostable resins and films – depending on customer requirements, different compositions can be realized. The manufacturer’s Cardia Compostable resins have a soft surface and can be dyed and printed throughout. Typical applications include flexible[…]

Cartamela apple paper
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Paper From Apple Scraps – Since 2003, the South Tyrolean company FRUMAT has been drying and grinding the cellulose-containing fruit residues from apple juice production (so-called apple pomace) in order to produce natural paper from them. Nearly half a million tons of these fruit wastes accumulate in the European region every year and, due to their fungal hazard, have[…]


Manufacturer of Microfibrillated Cellulose Materials – Weidmann Fiber Technology is the world’s leading supplier of materials based on microfibrillated cellulose (MFC). Microfibrillated cellulose materials are created just like ordinary paper on the basis of wood. MFC is a natural building block of wood fibers. These are composed of a matrix of fibril bundles and these in turn are composed of[…]

CHAMU Tea packaging

Packaging Made From By-Products of Tea Cultivation – The CHAMU material innovation was developed at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, in the tea country of Japan. The name of the newly developed material already hints at both the basic material and its future purpose, as CHAMU is made up of the Chinese phonetic spelling for tea and wood. The stalks, which are a[…]

MILK MaterialLab Changhua Dorian Etienne

Loofah Bottle Packaging – During a stay in Taiwan, designer Dorian Etienne developed a bottle packaging from a regional product, the gourd plant “loofah”. The natural fibers obtained from them multiply quickly and have high durability. Since the spongy pumpkin has shock-absorbing properties, the material is particularly suitable for transport packaging. Thanks to the loofah material, the bottle[…]

Cheer Project

Organic Composite-Material From Pine Needles – The Cheer Project is pine needle research that developed the abundant, mostly unwanted material into a 100% bio-based, recyclable and compostable bio-composite material. Through a holistic approach, the Cheer Project’s production process unleashes the dormant potential of pine needles while empowering local communities by creating livelihood opportunities for them. The raw material is sourced[…]

Chicory Plastic
MILK MaterialLab Chicorée Hochschule Hohenheim

Plastic From Chicory Waste – Chicory is known as a salad, not so much as a raw material for plastics. The root of the plant usually ends up in the composting plant. Only a fraction is used to produce biogas from it. Researchers at the University of Hohenheim have discovered the chicory root as a resource for obtaining hydroxymethylfurfural[…]

Chip[s] Board
MILK MaterialLab Chipsboard

Material From Potato Scraps – The company name of Chip[s] Board already reveals its main product component – potatoes. The company’s Parblex plastics [PBX] are created from the remains of potato processing, among other abundant resources. To this end, chip manufacturers such as the Canadian producer McCain Foods take their waste to the respective production facilities where the fiber-reinforced[…]

Chitosan Bioplastics
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Material From Shrimp Shells – The biodegradable material Chitosan Bioplastics was developed as a research project by industrial designers Paul Kheem and Ronny Haberer during their studies at New York’s Pratt Institute. In order to reduce global marine pollution, they use the chitin found in shrimp shells to develop a plastic alternative from it. Acetylation of the biopolymer yields[…]

Chocolate Printer
MILK MaterialLab Chocolate Printer Choc Edge

3D Chocolate Printer – The 3D chocolate printing works like the 3D plastic printing. Instead of plastic, Choc Creator V2.0 Plus lets you print drawings and miniature objects out of chocolate. An initial idea for a chocolate work of art is first converted into a 3D model, and then into an instruction code that can be read by[…]

MILK MaterialLab Choose Choose

Water Bottle From Paper – CHOOSE is a bottle made of paper. It consists of a paper cover with a waterproof, plant-based, PET-free layer. The materials used degrade in a year rather than the hundreds of years it takes a plastic bottle. The paper is made from recycled newsprint, and the labels are printed with organic ink. The metal[…]


Zero-Waste Chocolate in Cocoa Shells-Paper – Zero-waste chocolate, from production to packaging – that is the claim of the Indian company Kocoatrait. Kocoatrait packs its chocolates, which are produced in a socially as well as ecologically sustainable manner, in an outer shell made exclusively from by-products of the cotton industry and the cocoa shells produced during the manufacture of the[…]

Cocoa Paper Baking Form
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Supplier of Renewable and Recyclable Take Away Packaging – Greenbox supplies the food service industry with packaging made from renewable raw or recycled materials, offering alternatives to conventional fossil-based plastic to-go packaging. The majority of the products are made from plant-based raw materials such as cocoa beans, cellulose, wood fibers, and palm leaf. These are not only renewable, but can be biodegradable. To[…]

MILK MaterialLab COCOFORM Enkev

Coconut Fiber Packing – ENKEV’s resistant packaging alternative is created by spraying coconut fiberboard with renewable latex. This enables vulcanization and subsequent strength of the material by heating. The smooth surface gives COCOFORM not only a high-quality appearance, but also the desired stability. Countless tons of coconut waste are produced annually because the food industry is only interested[…]

Coconut Water Leather

Leather From Coconut Water – To produce the biodegradable and waterproof Coconut Water Leather, the coconut water, which is a waste product of coconut processing, is sterilized. The natural substance obtained from this serves as a nutrient for the bacterial culture in the subsequent 12-14 day fermentation process. Once the process is complete, the leaf cellulose jelly obtained can[…]

Coffee Ball

Coffee Capsule System Without the Capsules – CoffeeB offers a home coffee capsule system that leaves no packaging waste behind. Made with fairtrade and certified organic beans, CoffeeB’s Coffee Balls are pressed and sealed with a natural protective layer, after the beans have been freshly roasted and grounded. The coffee system design utilizes the ball shape to produce quality coffee, leaving[…]

Coffee Biochar Concrete

Coffee Grounds as a Concrete Foundation – The motivation behind the Australian based research was the large amount of organic waste ending up in landfills and contributing to high greenhouse gas emissions. In Australia, about 6.87 million tonnes of organic waste ends up in landfills and contributes to 3% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. The research group was discussing about shifting[…]

Coffee Cup Paper “Extract”

Decorative Papers From Recycled Coffee-To-Go Cups – How recycled coffee-to-go cups can be turned into attractive paper is demonstrated by the British company G.F Smith with its Extract project. Used disposable coffee cups are separated into their plastic and paper components for production, and in the subsequent step an FSC-certified paper is obtained in collaboration with CupCycling by James Cropper. Approximately[…]

Coffee Grounds 3D Printing

Coffee Grounds as a 3D Printing Material – Millions of tons of coffee grounds are generated annually globally. With the growing interest of upcycling and reusing the bi-product, numerous innovative concepts and projects have been in research. Michael Rivera and his team have developed a process on how to recover spent coffee grounds from local coffee shops and convert them into a material[…]

CoffeeCup Paper

Graphic Paper From Disposable Cups – According to the Federal Environment Agency, 2.8 billion disposable cups are used every year in Germany alone, mostly plastic-coated paper cups that currently end up in the bin because they cannot be recycled in a proportionate and economical way. The cups are made from a composite of paper and plastic – and it is[…]

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Environmental Take-away Packaging – Colpac produces sustainable packaging that can be used in the take-away sector as well as at events. The California manufacturer’s packaging is made from recycled paper, bagasse or rPet. In addition to the packaging, a variety of tableware, cutlery as well as cups are also offered. Produktname: ColpacHersteller: Colpac LtdProjektstatus: Konzept // Prototyp //[…]

Cometeer Coffee

Fresh Brewed Coffee, No Machines, No Gadgets – Cometeer delivers freshly brewed coffee that’s flashed frozen and only needs to be melted in seconds to enjoy.  Keeping the brewing process in house, Cometeer sends all its spent grounds to be locally composted. There are no grounds in their capsules, thus eliminating the need to clean the pure ready-to-recycle aluminum packaging. Product Name: Cometeer[…]

Compostable Food Boxes

Naturally Coated Takeaway and Snack Boxes – Notpla first emerged with their 100% biodegradable and edible water sachet in 2013. As a young company out of London their water bubbles quickly grew a reputation as a replacement for single use plastic cups used at Marathons. The seaweed based satchets lead to their  expanded product line that now includes lunch and snack[…]

Compostella Natural Paper

Compostable Paper – Compostella natural paper is an extremely pure special paper that can be used as an alternative for cling film, aluminum foil, baking paper and wrapping film. The 100% compostable natural paper is made solely from water, cellulose and sugar. Only passing through a mechanical manufacturing process, the paper – without coating, varnishing or impregnation[…]

Conscious Chocolate

Compostable Chocolate Packaging – After a year of development, British chocolate manufacturer Conscious Chocolate succeeded in using compostable and recyclable packaging for its (exclusively vegan) chocolate products. The packaging solution of the Conscious Chocolate bar realized with the manufacturer Qualvis is plastic-free, recyclable, biodegradable and home compostable. The cardboard cover is fully recyclable according to standard EN 13430[…]

Cooking New Materials
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Material From Organic Waste – With the Cooking new materials project, food waste such as banana or orange peels or even soy milk is given a new function by being transformed into a leather-like material made from bio-waste. The substance bonded with a natural binder to form a substrate has high resistance in contact with water. With their aesthetic[…]

Crush Paper
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Recycled Paper With Food Remnants – Crush by Favini is an environmentally friendly paper series, which is produced entirely with green energy. The paper consists of 40% post-consumer waste and 15% organic waste materials. It is made from the remains of various fruits and nuts, as well as coffee and cocoa beans. The rest of the paper is made from[…]


Edible To Go Coffee Cup – What to do with the disposable coffee cup when it is empty? Just eat up! Anyway, if it’s a cup from Cupffee, which is made of a liquid-resistant cookie. The cookie cups are made from grain products and can hold liquids up to 40 minutes while remaining crispy. The heat and moisture resistance of[…]

DairySeal™ Amfiber™

Matrix Recyclable Ready Breathable Wrap For Dairy Products – DairySeal™ is a more sustainable packaging solution for cheeses from Amco’s recycle-ready line EcoGuard™. As a paper-based wrap, it contains no paraffin and ensures soft cheeses can mature both naturally and in a controlled space. The absence of paraffin also reduces water use through the reduced need of cleaning, and enhances product safety for[…]


Algae Based Disposable Bio-Plastic – With the Desintegra.me project, Chilean designer Margarita Talep is developing a material based on algae raw materials as a sustainable alternative for single-use plastics. The Spanish project name Desintegra.me means “disappear” and indicates that it will degrade itself within 2 to 4 months, depending on its atmosphere. Externally, the material resembles commercial packaging, but[…]

Diamond Packaging Lockbox

Security Packaging For Cannabis – Diamond Packaging offers a wide range of cannabis packaging options made with the industry’s modern printing and decorating capabilities. Diamond’s patent-pending Lockbox® folding boxes are an upscale, CR-certified packaging solution for medical or recreational marijuana products. Diamond’s CBD packaging is ideal for hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) products that contain less than 0.3% THC. All Diamond[…]

Dissolvable Noodle Packaging

Edible Packaging Film For Pasta – Instant ramen noodles – the epitome of student food. The quick meal was also a regular fixture on the menu of Holly Grounds, who studied product design in London. Confronted with the mountains of waste and the environmental impact of the delicious snack’s packaging, however, the environmentally conscious Grounds faced an immense imbalance: In[…]

MILK MaterialLab 46PackRings E6PR

Compostable Six-Pack Ring – The E6PR is an innovative six-pack ring that replaces traditional plastic rings on can multipacks. The ring, made from by-product waste and other compostable materials, decomposes within a few days or weeks, depending on its environment. The start-up was created by the merger of several companies that want to put an end to environmental[…]

Earth Pack & Bio-Pouch

Plant-Based Pouches – With the introduction of the sustainable PPC Green range, PPC Flexible Packaging is breaking new, sustainable ground. Ecologically designed products include Earth Pack, a fully recyclable stand-up pouch, and its compostable Bio-Pouch counterpart. The latter is made from plant-based PLA from annually renewable resources and is biodegradable in industrial composting facilities according to ASTM[…]


Fossil Plastic-Free Flow-Wrap Paper – Earthfilm is an environmentally friendly, flexible packaging that can be recycled together with waste paper. The film is made from renewable raw materials. It consists of a paper that is 100% plastic-free, and heat-sealable coating that is grease, water and moisture resistant. As the coating is naturally water-based, the packaging can be disposed of[…]


Plastic Free Recyclable Stand Up Pouch – The Earthpouch is an environmentally friendly and sustainable stand-up pouch that is plastic-free and can be recycled. A paper with a 100% plastic-free, heat-sealable coating is formed into a pouch and provides a grease, water and moisture barrier. The bag can be recycled as part of the paper stream and is suitable for repulping.[…]

Ebb & Flow Keg

Wine Kegs For A Sustainable Wine Culture – A modern wine catering company for festivals, trade fairs, company parties, and events. Rethinking how wine is packaged, Ebb & Flow Keg offers an alternative to the common single use bottles. The common wine bottle packaging can account for over 50% of a wine’s CO2 balance. Ebb & Flow Keg’s reusable stainless steel barrels[…]


Cost Effective and Reliable Cardboard Trays – ECKO-PACK offers with its ECKO-TRAY cardboard trays with foil seal a sustainable and at the same time inexpensive solution for packaging food. ECKO-PACK is free from additives such as PE coatings, lime and adhesives. Due to the particularly low weight of the packaging, up to 90 % CO2 can be saved during transport. A[…]

MILK MaterialLab Eco Bricks Fundación Ecoimclusion alta Garcia

Bricks From -used PET Bottles – The ECO-BRICKS bricks are made of 1.2 kg of plastic waste or 20 PET bottles each. Visually, they resemble common cement bricks, but they are made from leftovers and without the use of heat. In this process, the waste is crushed and supplemented with sand, cement and water, and then formed into bricks in[…]


Paper Bottles – For Seed Phytonutrients, beauty must be sustainable. Therefore, the company uses environmentally friendly, recycled and recyclable packaging for all products. We are talking about the Eco.Bottle®. It is the world’s only commercially viable paper bottle made from recycled material. This revolutionary shower-friendly paper bottle is made from 100% recycled paper with a recycled plastic[…]

MILK MaterialLab Ecoenclose

Recyclable Packaging and Shipping Material – The environmentally friendly packaging from ecoenclose consists primarily of reusable materials that have already been used and recycled. By not using new bioplastics, not only are new materials saved, but also the resources used to produce them. The American company focuses on the use of renewable energies and conscious waste management – with a[…]


Bio-Cellulose Materials – CELLUGY is a Denmark-based startup company that develops sustainable materials through biotransformation. The company has developed EcoFLEXY – a water-based nanocellulose suspension obtained by fermentation of sugar by specific microorganisms. The material does not come from fossil sources and is fully biodegradable and compostable (at room temperature). Compared to its fossil-based alternatives, it has[…]


Compostable Fruit Labels – Sinclair offers a range of produce labels that are a more sustainable option than traditional labelling choices. They are suitable for automated, high-speed labeling systems or hand-applied labeling operations. The EcoLabel line consists of three different types of labels, that are either home or industrial compostable, which have also been tested to biodegrade within[…]


Chalk & Polymer Food Liquid Packaging – Ecolean’s lightweight material is made of recyclable plastic (PE and PP) and up to 35% chalk (calcium carbonate). The ingredients of this thin plastic film not only guarantee lightweight packaging, but also reduce environmental impact and optimize transport weight. The bag only weighs 16 grams, however disposal efficiency of this multilayer remains an open[…]


Sustainable Packaging Options For eCommerce – HeapsGood is a sustainable packaging company specifically focused on the eCommerce market. The Australian company offers a range of bio-based alternatives for packaging products typically used in online retail, including industrial compostable tape, labels and home compostable mailer bags. The latter, of course, in accordance with the requirements of online shopping are waterproof, flexible[…]

MILK MaterialLab EcoPaxx DSM Engineering Plastics

Biobased Polyamide – EcoPaXX is an innovative high-performance plastic developed to provide a sustainable, bio-based and carbon-neutral packaging solution. Made up of 70% castor oil, the plastic offsets the amount of carbon emitted during manufacturing through the growth of the tropical castor plant. The polyamides are thus suitable in the food industry as well as in the[…]

Edible Seaweed Packaging
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Biodegradable Plastic – Indonesian researchers Dr. Noryawati Mulyno and David Christian developed the Edible Seaweed Packaging made from seaweed. In their homeland, 90% of plastic waste is disposed of in the ocean and at the same time it has a large supply of algae. To produce a plastic-free alternative from the marine plants, they founded the company[…]

Edible spoons
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Eat Up Your Cutlery – Kulero – that’s how the word “spoon” translates in Esperanto, the language of art, and that’s also the name of the sustainable company that wants to make the usual disposable spoon of on-the-go gastronomy for ice cream or soup superfluous with edible spoons made from 100% natural ingredients. The basis of the dinner and[…]

Eggshell Ceramic

The Unique and Handmade Nutrient Rich Plate – 10 billion eggs a year are produced in the Netherlands, making the country the largest egg exporter in the world. An egg produces a valuable material which is often seen as waste; its shell. These shells, however, are nutrient rich and can be used in agriculture to greatly benefit the soil. Eggshell Ceramic is[…]


Fully Recyclable Stand-Up Pouch – The Bear Naked granola brand, a Kellogg Company product, produces a fully recyclable stand-up pouch. In developing the Bear Naked bag, the goal was not only to produce a recyclable bag, but also to produce it efficiently while maintaining the same customer experience. Although these packages are light and thin, there are actually many[…]

envoPAP Kraft Packaging

Eco-friendly and Sustainable Paper Packaging From Agro-Waste – envoPAP paper is a versatile packaging solution made with green energy and derives from the agricultural waste bagasse. This clean raw material, unlike recycled paper, does not need to be purified first, thus saving energy and resources. In their Kraft packaging line envoPAP offers a wide range of robust and verstatile paper packaging choices, that[…]

Felder Felder Dresses

Sustainable Boutique Dresses – Felder Felder is a fashion and design agency headed by twin sisters Daniela and Annette Felder. Having become experts in the use of biomaterials, they create on demand boutique fashion pieces to avoid overproduction and wastage. Their work utilizes plant-based and plastic free textile alternatives, such as fruit fibres, wood bi-products, seaweed, and other[…]

Fiber Packaging

Customized packaging from natural fibers – Molded fiber sustainable packaging solutions have many advantages. They provide optimal product protection, are shock absorbent, resistant, volume reducing and biodegradable. By recycling waste paper or using renewable raw materials, their carbon footprint is small. Furthermore, an individual product design up to complex packaging forms can be realized, which can be refined in many[…]


Flexible Paper Barrier Packaging – Fibrecote from AR Packaging combines the look and feel of real paper with strong barrier properties. The material consists of natural kraft paper, which is made from over 85% renewable plant fibers, and is used for lids, pre-made bags, flow wrapping applications and as an unformed bottom film. It is available in a wide[…]


3D moldable fiber paper – Impressive embossing effects are made possible by FibreForm® fiber papers – up to 10 times deeper than normal paper! This not only provides exceptional visual and tactile design experiences, but also offers sustainability benefits. With the help of the manufacturer’s innovative processes, it is possible, for example, to realize tray packaging made entirely of[…]

Fish Boxes Made From Styrofoam Ccycled

EPS Fish Boxes Made From Chemically Recycled Plastic – Fish boxes made of expandable polystyrene (EPS) – also known as Styropor – are an important packaging product that optimally protect the product during transport and ensure the cold chain. With its Styropor Ccycled material, BASF provides the basic material for a more sustainable alternative to conventional boxes made purely from virgin plastic. In[…]

Fish Leather
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Fish Leather – Waste products from the fishing industry are used to make a thin, flexible leather that is just as durable as cowhide. The Fish Leather undergoes a demanding 30-45 day manufacturing process: The natural oils and scales of the fish skins – from salmon, cod or perch – are separated by shaking and soaking, so[…]


Paper Foam Filling & Padding Material – From production to disposal, Flupis is an environmentally friendly filling and cushioning material that can be used in a variety of ways as transport protection. The production of the packaging material from paper foam is subject to a patented process that processes waste paper with renewable raw materials and is claimed to be biodegradable.[…]

MILK MaterialLab Foldtex Foldtex

Wood for folding and bending – Foldtex is an innovative material that has similarities to cardboard, wood and sheet metal, while surpassing their respective characteristics in terms of material properties. Due to its special processing, from light to very thin wood thicknesses, which receive a textile-like coating, this material acquires its special flexibility and foldability, similar to that of textiles,[…]

Food Packaging Paper

Special and Functional Papers – The delfort group is a global developer, manufacturer and distributor of specialty and functional papers. Through its combination of technology and expertise, the family-run group provides service and customized paper solutions for various industries. Delfort supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and sources 100% of the raw materials for its products from FSC® (FSC-C023027)-[…]


Food Printer – Foodini makes personalized food production possible with a wide range of ingredients. This efficient 3D food printer produces less waste and also leads to healthier eating due to its portioning method and processing of natural and fresh ingredients. Due to its ease of use, Foodini can be used to present food and dishes in[…]


Specialist for environmentally compatible packaging solutions – THIMM produces cardboard packaging for food and beverages. The certified foodWave and foodWave heatproof packaging are designed for 100% safe direct food contact. foodWave is made exclusively from virgin fibers obtained from certified FSC & PEFC sources. They are available in both white and brown. foodWave does not contain any mineral oils. In combination[…]

Forest Film

Sustainable Plastic Labels – With Forest Film, UPM Raflatac introduces a novel material for plastic labels. Forest Film is made from 100% renewable wood-based raw materials in an ISCC-certified value chain. The material was developed in cooperation with UPM Biofuels and is based on the innovative UPM BioVerno Naphtha – a fully wood-based solution from sustainably managed forests.[…]


Tasty Fruit to Vegan Leather – To bring awareness and combat food waste Fruitleather Rotterdam has given wasted mangoes a new life. With every shipment of mangoes, many are deemed unsellable due to bruising or quality control. After collecting these mangoes locally, Fruitleather Rotterdam begins their process of upcycling the lost mangoes. Through a process that converts mango fibers into[…]

Fungi Mutarium
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Plastic Eating Fungus – The prototype Fungi Mutarium enables the cultivation of a fungal biomass that is suitable for consumption, in addition to its amazing ability to degrade long-lasting plastic waste. Specially designed agar forms based on a mixture of starch and sugar, known as “FU”, serve as the nutrient base for the fungus. In shape they resemble[…]

Gaea Clay Cup

The Clay Cup To-Go – Using only three ingredients: clay, water, and salt, Gaeastar tackles to replace plastic to go cups with a more natural alternative. Inspired by the commonly used clay cups at tea stands in India, the company has developed their own cups, that are 3D printed and can be easily engraved with custom logos and images.[…]

Gelato Fiasco

Paper Ice Container – “If I’m already trying to reduce my plastic consumption as an individual consumer, why wouldn’t I be realistic and remove the millions of plastic containers that I have some control over from the equation?” said co-founder and CEO of U.S. ice cream brand Gelato Fiasco, Joshua Davis. The ice cream maker uses a cardboard[…]


Plant-Based Stand-Up Pouches and Film – GeoBags are made from 100% plant-based and organic materials without petroleum. The bags can consist of PLA, paper, and Natureflex film. They comply with compost standards EN 13432 and AS 5810 and are accepted by many municipal organic waste collection points. The smooth-surfaced pouches are easy to open and reseal and offer the consumer[…]


Eco-Friendly Paper Alternative to Foils and Films – Glassine is a preferred primary and secondary packaging solution for food due to its unique properties. It is durable, pH neutral, acid-free, and protects against grease, water, air, and moisture without any coating. The smooth durable paper is recyclable, biodegradable, and certified for direct food contact. JBM Packaging can print full-colour crisp designs on[…]


A Paper Better than Plastic – Glasswing is a high performance heat-sealable, translucent paper designed as a sustainable alternative to plastic films. It reduces plastic usage by 70% and is recyclable with paper waste. The versatile material is suited as an overwrapper for perfume and cosmetic products, along with packaging solutions for food items, stationery items and books. It offers[…]

Gmund Beer Paper
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Paper From Hops, Malt and Pulp – The Gmund Beer Paper consists of hops, malt and pulp. Brewer’s grains (solid grain components of the mash), recycled beer labels and cellulose are used to produce the machine-smooth paper. The five colors named wheat, lager, pilsner as well as ale and bock can be customized using offset, screen printing or even embossing. They[…]

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Compostable Disposable Packaging – As a result of the environmental impact following sporting events, Lizzie Wright developed the concept of Gone. She was looking for a solution that would replace the plastic packaging of energy gels while being biodegradable. After consumption, athletes can throw “Gone” on the street or in nature without polluting it. The material, which consists[…]


Edible Packaging Inspired By Fruit – GoneShells is an innovative biodegradable material that challenges how food packaging can be designed. Packaging solutions today are often made to last years, while the food inside can go bad after days or weeks. Taking cues from nature’s protective fruit skins, GoneShell is a material designed to decompose quickly and harmonize with its contents,[…]


Paper From Grass – GRASPAP is a purely mechanically but particularly sustainably produced natural fiber that is processed without the use of chemical additives or water. In addition to these ecological and economic aspects, the new fiber is characterized by special properties for paper production: It serves as a supplementary raw material for pulp or groundwood pulp and[…]

Green Banana Paper

Banana-Fiber Paper – Green Banana Paper produces sustainable vegan products from agricultural banana waste in Kosrae (Micronesia). All products are made of banana fiber paper – a naturally beautiful and strong plant-based material. The manufactory obtains the fibers from sustainably grown banana trees from local farms directly on Kosrae. In the papermaking process, the fibers fuse together[…]

Green Grip

Compostable Cardboard Can Holder – The British brewery Heineken is replacing their plastic ring can packaging with a recyclable and compostable cardboard tray. This saves the company over 500 tons of plastic. This corresponds to 94 million plastic bags. The aim is to use Green Grips on all of the company’s beer and cider products. Product Name: Green GripManufacturer:[…]

Grounded Packaging
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Sustainable Packaging Solutions Supplier – Grounded Packaging is a Sydney-based company that produces recyclable and compostable packaging solutions for food and consumer goods. The envelopes, films, vacuum bags and stand-up pouches are made from potato, corn or rice starch. Residues of manioc root additionally strengthen the material. Fast-growing eucalyptus trees are used as the basis for the industrially and[…]

Guard Nature 1-MS

Paper Based Packaging Solution – Guard Nature 1-MS is a sustainable alternative to multilayer barrier films and can be recycled in the paper waste stream. The uncoated paper is available in grammages of 80, 95, 110 and 125 g/m² and has solid print results and good openability. This modern barrier paper from Sappi is heat-sealable and has an integrated[…]

Guilt Free Toss® B-Pods®

Coffee Pods With Plastic-Degrading Bio-Enzyme Tech – The US based company, Bruvi has developed a more responsible solution for disposable coffee pods. Bruvi Guilt Free Toss® B-Pods® are made for disposal in landfills. Made of PP#5 infused with a food safe bio-enzyme, they are uniquely designed to substantially break down quicker and cleaner than more common untreated plastics. In an anaerobic[…]

MILK MaterialLab gum tec Gumdrop

Chewing Gum Recycling – Gumdrop Ltd. has set itself the goal of eliminating rubber emissions by recycling all types of chewing gum waste and processing it into a variety of products in collaboration with companies and manufacturers worldwide. In a new process, the recycled chewing gum is turned into the material Gum-tec, which can be processed into items[…]


Hermetically Sealed Cardboard Tray – Innovative cardboard food trays with foil seal are offered by the Dutch manufacturer HALOPACK with its products of the same name: HALOPACK is a hermetically sealed cardboard tray that extends the shelf life of fresh food. This is a protective gas packaging that optimizes the atmosphere in the carton tray. This keeps products fresh[…]

HAY! Straws
MILK MaterialLab HAY Straws

Straws Like In the Old Days – The special feature of the compostable HAY! Straw wheat straws is their gluten tolerance. The bio-based grain is cut into length, rinsed several times with sterile water and thus preserved. At no time does the genetically unmodified plant come into contact with glyphosate or other chemicals. Many small Dutch farmers supply the company with[…]

Hazel Breatheway® & Hazel 100™

No Hassle Freshness Solutions – Hazel Technologies offers two easy to use solutions in the fight against food waste: Hazel Breatheway® is a next-gen Modified Atmospher Packaging (MAP) product, that keeps fruit and vegetable in higher quality and resiliency during transit. Breatheway® customizes its crop-specific temperature switch membranes to match the permeability (or permeation rate) with the unique respiration[…]

High Performance Lidding Films

Recyclable Lidding Films – AR Packaging offers a range of lidding films with tailored barrier properties and high mechanical strength for the forming of food packaging. The product range includes Ecotop®, EcoLite® and Fibrecote®, each with different properties to meet sealing and recyclability requirements as the materials are mono plastic, PET or paper. The films are suitable for[…]

Highlight Hemp
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Luminaires from ecological remains – High Society Studio 5-piece lamp collection is produced exclusively from ecological leftovers. Materials are sourced from regional small businesses and processed using renewable energy. In the process, lights are created from hemp, tobacco, leftovers from viticulture or from hops as well as coffee residues. The Italian products are biodegradable and can easily be returned[…]


Cooling With Recycled Paper and Water – The IcePackEco is made from recycled paper and is delivered pre-folded as a flat, space-saving sheet. All you need to do is place it in water and freeze it – and your natural ice pack is ready. As it is made from kraft paper, it can simply be disposed of with the waste paper[…]

Ingeo Biopolymer

Disposable Packaging Made From Ingeo-PLA – Natureworks’ polylactide – known under the brand name Ingeo biopolymer – is a biopolymer produced from the polymerization of lactic acid, which in turn is derived from the fermentation of plant-based sugars. According to the report, Ingeo biopolymer PLA is an material that produces 80% less greenhouse gases in its production and, with its[…]

KAIKU Living Color
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Colors From Food Skins – KAIKU Living Color is a sustainable alternative to conventional petroleum-derived paints. Using food trays from vegetables that have already been eaten offers a chemical- and toxin-free option for coloring materials. For the preparation of living colors are particularly suitable avocados, beet, onions and oranges. These are boiled so that first the juice is obtained[…]

KLIX Eco Cup

Fully Recyclable Single Use Cups – KLIX Eco Cup are crafted from paper, fully recyclable, compostable, and entirely free of plastic. As a sustainable alternative to plastic cups, it is designed to minimize their ecological footprint. Being fully recyclable means no PE coatings or other plastics coatings are present. The PEFC certified paper cups are of high quality raw material[…]

KPL Cirrus™

Lighter Plastic Due to Moulding – UK thermoforming packaging company Kingsmoor Packaging has launched a weight reduction initiative called KPL™ Cirrus. This pursues the goal of producing plastics as sustainably as possible. The company has not only improved the recycled content and recyclability of its products, but also explored how to make them lighter and more efficient without losing stability[…]

MILK MaterialLab Lactips Lactips

Edible Packaging Film From Milk – Lactips is an edible plastic made from milk protein and produced in the form of pellets. Production is based on an industrial process that enables rapid production in large quantities. The thermoplastic, water-soluble pellets dissolve in both hot and cold water. Lactip offers barrier properties against oxygen, fats and mineral oils. It can be[…]

MILK MaterialLab Landbox Landpack

Straw Insulating Packaging – The Landbox is an alternative to conventional polystyrene packaging made of straw. Annually, a large amount of the agricultural by-product remains unused. Landpack uses 1,500 tons of straw per year to press it using thermal processes with steam and pressure. The stalks are preserved and hardly damaged mechanically. Since the market price is €80[…]

LAVAZZA Cookie Cup
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Cookie Dough Coffee Cup – Italian designer Enrique Sardi created a coffee cup for LAVAZZA, which consists of a pastry dough and special powdered sugar. The edible cookie cup can be eaten after enjoying the coffee and therefore does not produce any waste. LAVAZZA became a pioneer with this idea and has since inspired a wide variety of food[…]


100% Recyclable Packaging – Legoplast specializes in the production of packaging for a wide range of products. All Legoplast products are recyclable and reusable and can be customized. Production is powered by energy from renewable sources and they evaluate their ecological impact to optimize it throughout the entire production cycle. Thanks to the company’s own control system, energy[…]

Liquid Board

Paper-based liquid packaging – BillerudKorsnäs has over 60 years of experience in the development of paper-based liquid packaging. The Swedish manufacturer’s Liquid Board packaging is odorless and tasteless while ensuring the contents can be held. They feature a stable surface that meets the most demanding printing requirements and are suitable for both long-term use at room temperature and[…]

Liquiglide (EveryDrop™)

An Inner Coating That Lets You Get Every Last Drop – LiquiGlide specializes in creating durable, custom-designed slippery coatings and containment packaging based on liquid-impregnated surfaces. Their EveryDrop™coatings can be tailored to specific material needs and withstand various environmental conditions. LiquiGlide’s mission is to revolutionize products and packaging by eliminating the friction between liquids and solids, reducing product waste that results from liquids sticking in[…]

LitePac Top

Paper Secondary Packaging For Beverage Multipacks – The globally patented “LitePac Top” carton carrier from Krones AG eliminates the need for the shrink film that was previously used for beverage packaging, thus avoiding unnecessary plastic pack after pack. The innovation developed together with Karl Knauer KG can revolutionize secondary packaging in the beverage segment and make an important contribution to reducing[…]


Deposit Packaging For Mass Produced Goods – As part of a project called Loop, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Danone, Mars Petcare, Mondelēz International and other consumer goods giants are working together with the startup TerraCycle on a solution to reduce waste. 300 items – from Tide detergent to Pantene shampoo and Häagen-Dazs ice cream – are currently already available[…]

LÜ Compostable Films

Certified and Ready to Compost Film – LÜ-C and LÜ-K certified and compostable films feature a 3-layer design that enhances barrier properties, sealing efficiency and overall durability, while offering two unique aesthetics to suit different marketing preferences. LÜ-C features an elegant metallic finish, while LÜ-K has a rustic, earth-inspired look. LÜ-E combines a natural kraft paper on the outside with a[…]

LÜ Recyclable Packaging

Post Consumer and PET Recycled Plastic Solutions – reLÜ™ is an eco friendly plastic made from post-consumer recycled material that would normally get discarded. The high quality material has strong barrier characteristics and a wide variety of applications allows brands to customize it to their specific product’s needs all while retaining eco-friendly values. Drawing inspiration from the widespread success of the national[…]

Lupine Project

Material From Lupins – The packaging material made from lupins was born from an idea by Iceland designers Inga Guðlaugsdóttir and Elín Harðardóttir. By producing fiberboard from lupine, a plant native to Iceland, the different stages of the plant could be studied by testing the flexural strength of the plant produced. Tests during the changing seasons further showed[…]

MILK MaterialLab Mak Pak Nordsee

Packaging Solution From Macroalgae – In cooperation with Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Mak-Pak is a two-year scientific project – with the aim of developing a sustainably produced, disposable and, if possible, edible packaging solution from macroalgae. The area of application is the serving of food in the out-of-home consumption as well as in the snack segment. The packaging[…]

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Packaging Substance From Fish Waste and Red Algae – Product design student Lucy Huges’ project at the University of Sussex involves developing a novel packaging solution that is sustainable and biodegradable. More than 100 experiments required the material called MarinaTex, which is made from the agar of red algae and the proteins of fish waste. The natural raw materials of the oceans are[…]

Marine bottle

PET bottle with marine plastic content – Coca-Cola presents a beverage bottle that contains plastic waste from beaches and the sea. This bottle is only a sample for now – currently no retail sale is planned. But this is the first time marine plastic has been successfully recycled into a food-grade bottle. The proportion of this material in the finished bottle[…]

Meal Bag

Corn Starch Edible Packaging – Packaging as part of the food chain instead of waste – based on this idea, product designer Amelie Graf has developed a concept to reduce packaging waste. The result is Meal Bag – an edible food packaging. In this way, the designer wants to contribute to a rethinking of the way we deal with[…]

MILK MaterialLab Mehlwürmer Frauenhofer Institut

Plastic-Eating Organisms – While mealworms normally feed on wheat bran, biologists at Stanford University and Peking University have given them polystyrene – a form of plastic foam – instead. Mostly, this material is used for polystyrene packaging, yoghurt cups or cable insulation. In a test experiment, the worms ate the material completely – approx. 40 mg per[…]

Meat & Produce Absorbency Pads

Packaging Pads That Keep Food Fresher and Longer – From newly cut meats to freshly picked fruit, Sirane’s packaging pads absorb decay leading moisture and ethylene. Their product line also offers compostable pads as well ones made from recycled materials. By increasing shelf-life, these pads are able to reduce the food waste often connected with fresh goods. The pads are available in a[…]


Cow Dung Terracotta – The pottery of the Italian dairy farmer Gianantonio Locatelli was created in collaboration with the architect Luca Cipelletti. Together, they sought a recycling method for the 100,000 kilograms of cow manure generated each day. The material previously used as fertilizer and for plaster comes from Locatelli’s 2,500 cows, which henceforth provide for the production[…]

Micro-Pak Dri Clay Kraft

Natural, Plastic-Free and Biodegradable Desiccant – Dri Clay is a natural desiccant crafted from bentonite clay sourced from sustainable mines, and is free from plastic additives. Packaged in environmentally friendly FSC-certified Kraft paper, it offers optimal moisture protection, surpassing synthetic alternatives. Safely protecting a wide range of goods from mold and moisture damage, Dri Clay stands as a reliable choice[…]

Milk Plastic

Products from cow’s milk protein (casein) – Milk Plastic is engaged in the manufacture of products based on casein as a starting material. For this purpose, the curd contained in surplus milk is separated from the liquid whey by applying heat. The curd obtained is then dried and processed into pellets by adding natural plasticizers. By processing the pellets into board[…]

Milk Protein Packaging
MILK MaterialLab Milchprotein ACS

film from milk proteins
– As a natural component of milk, casein is involved in the formation of cheese or curd, i.e. in the solidification of these. Scientists in Peggy Tomasula’s research group at the American Chemical Society (ACS) have succeeded in using these proteins to create a net-like structure that allows the fabric – rolled out thinly and[…]

MM Board & Paper

Cardboard & Paper Packaging Solutions – MM Board & Paper GmbH is one of the world’s largest producers of coated recycled fiber based carton board with a growing position in the virgin fiber based cartonboard and white coated recycled interlining segment. At seven European sites with an annual capacity of over 1.7 million tons, MM Board & Paper produces a[…]

MILK MaterialLab MonoSol MonoSol

Water soluble film – The material of MonoSol, which is mainly used for the production of detergent pods, can be described as a water-soluble film. The application of the film with these pods offers on the one hand the advantage of easy dosage and on the other hand a dissolving of the film in a short time without[…]

Mori™ Silk

Natural Protective Layer From Silk Proteins – Mori™ Silk is a food protection technology that slows the natural spoilage process at many points in the supply chain, providing nature-inspired protection for all types of food. Just as bees build honeycombs to shield their honey, Bombyx mori silkworms weave a silk cocoon to protect themselves during their most vulnerable stage of life.[…]

MPX2 Polybag

A Fully Recyclable Polybag Solution Against Mold – MPX2 Polybags offer a cost-effective solution for packaging needs, featuring integrated anti-microbial technology that prevents mold growth on surfaces. These polybags are crafted from 100% recycled LDPE material, promoting sustainability and recyclability after use. Available in various sizes and customizable configurations, MPX2 Polybags cater to diverse packaging requirements, making them ideal for garments, bags,[…]

Mycelium Packaging

Packages From Mushrooms – Grown Bio grows environmentally friendly material from mycelium and local agricultural residual streams. Mycelium is the root network of fungi – this mycelium acts like a natural glue that can bind a biomass together. This results in sustainable materials such as packaging that is biodegradable and produced with a negative carbon footprint. The products[…]


Packaging from fungus based materials – The mycelium-derived Mushroom packaging solution (Mushroom® Packaging based on MycoComposite™) was developed by Ecovative Design in 2007 and is a more cost-effective and biodegradable alternative compared to conventional foams. Their complete compostability is particularly innovative. Based on a mixture of the fungus-cell combination mycelium and agricultural by-products oat or buckwheat hulls, Mushroom packaging is[…]


Wood cellulose compostable packaging – NACHHÄLTER are 100% recyclable and fully compostable packaging solutions whose raw material is created from forestry cuttings. For material recovery, viscose (soluble) is first extracted from the pulp, which is filtered through a pouring nozzle and runs into a precipitation bath, after which a transparent film of pure regenerated cellulose is produced. The Grünkunft[…]


Meals Without the Packaging – NakedPak is a series of bare food dishes without any packaging. Each dish contains all the spices and flavors needed to be entirely prepared. The dish is rinsed in the sink, cooked in boiling water, and eaten! Just like an apple which is sold in bulk, exposed to dirt, carried in a bag, and[…]

Naku Bio Bag & PLA Bottle

Biodegradable carrier bags & bottles – NaKu Bio-Bag (carrier bag) The compostable bag, made from natural plastic, is an alternative to traditional plastic bags made from corn starch and the waste from sunflower hulls. The NaKu company succeeded in processing the large quantities of leftovers from the food industry into plastic-free and environmentally friendly products. The resulting sacks were produced[…]

Natural Packaging for Natural Products

Vegetables as packaging – While all over the world new materials are being developed to replace plastic packaging in the fight against environmental pollution, the Uzbek agency Synthesis creative lab has gone its own way – and taken inspiration from the country’s history. For centuries, hollowed-out, dried fruits of the langeria, a plant of the cucurbit family, have[…]

Natural Selection

Paper packaging – Plastic is ubiquitous in the packaging of dried fruits, nuts and seeds. The manufacturer Evolution Foods from Great Britain is now breaking new ground with its Natural Selection range and packaging its products with paper instead of plastic. The raw materials for the paper bags come from sustainable production. The bag itself can be[…]


Natural film made from renewable raw materials – It may be amazing, but the foil in which the VIVANI chocolates are packaged is actually not plastic – although it looks the same. This is a NatureFlex™ film made from renewable raw materials, more precisely cellulose from sustainably controlled cultivation. A real packaging innovation that offers higher aroma protection than conventional plastic film[…]

MILK MaterialLab Naturesse Pacovis

Disposable tableware
from bio raw materials
– With naturesse, Pacovis produces sustainable disposable tableware and packaging that is plastic-free and 100% biodegradable. The materials processed for naturesse are based on renewable raw materials from the agricultural industry or on rapidly renewable plant-based raw materials such as bamboo. The focus is on a sensible appreciation of fossil resources – with the intention[…]

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Nest shape fruit packaging – South Korean designer Jo Hui Jung’s student project is an eco-friendly nest-style fruit packaging. It is only made of recycled paper and therefore does not require any use of plastic. Up to a weight of three kilos, the designs can be used as a practical carrier bag for the fruity food. #nestpack #sustainablefoodpackaging #recycle[…]

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Lamp from banana and bamboo fibers – Designer Dorian Etienne learned about a way of processing banana fiber in Hualien, a city on the east coast of Taiwan, and incorporated this method into the design of his lamps. The banana flesh is given a high strength by drying and refining and can therefore be used in many ways. Subsequent sublimation provides[…]

Nupro foil

Cellulose packaging film – The Nu Company developed an environmentally friendly packaging film together with packaging specialist repaq. This is a pure cellulose film that completely decomposes within 42 days under ideal conditions. The nupro film is a two-layer film laminate consisting of 50% FSC-certified and non-GMO cellulose and 50% biopolymers. The inner layer of the film made[…]

Ocean Bottle
MILK MaterialLab Ocean Bottle Ocean Plastik Bottle

Plastic bottle thermos – With its reusable water bottle, the Ocean Bottle company is making a contribution to counteracting the increasing plastic pollution of the oceans. Made from recycled biomaterial and plastic waste, the Ocean Bottle itself can dive into the recycling loop. The recycling idea is complemented by the promise that 1,000 more plastic bottles will be[…]

Ocean Harvest Bag®

Eliminating Single Use Plastic Mesh For Shellfish – In the battle against single-use plastic in the seafood industry Ocean Farm Supply provides an 100% bio-based, OK biodegradable (water & land), and OK compostable (home & industrial) mesh bag for shellfish. The Ocean Harvest Bag® developed with VPZ Packnatur is composed of beechwood cellulose, a fiber harvested from sustainably FSC-certified forests in Austria[…]

Ocean Plastic Soap Bottle

Soap bottle
from recycled marine plastic
– The ocean plastic 2-in-1 dish + hand soap by method consists of recycled plastic as well as plastic collected by volunteers and clean-up groups on Hawaiian beaches. In this way, over a ton of the collected plastic was passed on to methods recycling partner Envision Plastics for further processing. The grayish color of the[…]

MILK MaterialLab OHOO Notpla

Edible Sip of water – NOTPLA’s edible water sachet was described in the media as the “bottle of the future” back in 2015. With “We make packaging disappear”, the company promises to counteract packaging waste through their flexible and edible shell, thus reducing plastic use. The “unpackaged” liquids are particularly advantageous for large events and can be used in[…]

Oranges PET
MILK MaterialLab Orangen PET Pepsi

Bioplastic bottle made from orange peel – Made purely from plant-based materials, the “green” PET bottle was designed by Pepsi to offer consumers a fully recyclable alternative to traditional PET bottles. Renewable resources such as switchgrass, pine bark and orange peel serve as feedstock and enable the production of the bioplastic through a combination of chemical and biological processes. It also[…]

Organic disposable tableware

Organic disposable food packaging – The store offers a consistently sustainable range of organic disposable food packaging. Many raw materials come from high-quality natural by-products or waste products such as sugar cane fibers or fallen palm leaves, which the manufacturer processes sensibly. Also on offer are products made of bioplastic (PLA) and FSC-certified cardboard – sustainably produced and biodegradable.[…]


Resource-saving disposable products for the catering industry – The all-round worry-free solution for sustainably minded restaurateurs: pack2go offers a versatile range of organic packaging and organic tableware – from drinking cups and disposable tableware to carrier bags and napkins, everything is available from a single source. #biobased #ecofriendly #sustainability Product name: pack2goManufacturer: PCG Packungssysteme für Catering und Gastronomie GmbH Project status: Concept[…]


Recyclable stand up pouch – You can’t pack more naturally – that’s how Packiro advertises its Nils. The paper pouch is made of recyclable, FSC®-certified paper sourced from responsibly managed forests. But not only this aspect is ecological. The packaging is coated to eliminate the need for an inner plastic film. Nevertheless, it brings good protective properties. An aroma[…]

Packnatur Cellulose Tube Netting

Fruit & Vegetable Netting Made Without Plastic – VPZ’s Packnatur Cellulose Tube Netting is an 100% bio-based netting suited for various fruits and vegetables. Developed with sustainability in mind, the nets are made of LENZING Modal fibers – a beechwood cellulose material, harvested from sustainably grown forests that are certified and controlled to meet stringent guidelines. Being certified food safe, the nets are[…]

Packnatur® Organic Wineglass Labels

Beechwood Organic Labels – The Packnatur® Organic Wineglass Labels are made from a durable and waterproof composite film, which is free from petrochemicals and resistant to tearing. These labels are created by combining cellulose paper with materials that are either biogenic or mineral in nature. No thermal paper is used, rather thermal transfer printing using carbon ribbon. Furthermore,[…]

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Take-Away Packaging – At Packoa, restaurateurs can source recyclable, biodegradable or compostable packaging solutions that make daily takeaways more environmentally friendly. The retailer from Offenbach am Main offers tableware, cutlery and special boxes for sushi and pizza made from bagasse, recycled material, PLA and bamboo. #ecofoodpackaging #takeawaypackaging #sustainabletakeaway #recycle Product Name: PackoaManufacturer: Packoa Project status: Concept //[…]


Sustainable to-go and shipping packaging – The packVerde store offers more than 2,000 articles from the segments to-go disposable packaging and transport/ shipping packaging. All packaging offered is made from renewable raw materials such as wood, paper, bamboo, sugar cane or hemp. Since these are single-materials, they can be disposed of or recycled in a particularly environmentally friendly manner. #ecological[…]


Sustainable disposable packaging for food – PACKWISE is an Australian family-owned company specializing in sustainable cups, boxes and other disposable food packaging. The manufacturer goes a step further with the GeoWise product line, introducing a line of compostable packaging: GeoCups, GeoLids, GeoBoxes, GeoBags, GeoTrays, GeoColdcups and GeoStraws. The stand-up GeoBag stands out because it is fully compostable, including the zip-lock[…]


Customized Outer Packaging – The PAPACKS company wants to contribute to a packaging world without plastic as a developer, manufacturer and initiator of innovative raw materials, coatings and climate-neutral packaging and product solutions. The aim of the product solution, which is individually tailored to the application, is to ensure that the raw materials used for production can be[…]

Paper bag for freezer

A recyclable
Frozen paper bags
– The Special Packaging Award of the German Sustainability Award went to food manufacturer Frosta in December 2020 for its paper bag for frozen vegetables. With this special award for more sustainable product packaging ideas, the German Sustainability Award Foundation (together with REWE Group) honored packaging that does not require any plastic coating or film[…]

Paper Bottle
MILK MaterialLab Paper Bottle Paboco

Bottle from
recycled paper
– Paboco’s eco-friendly Paper Bottle water bottle is made from wood fibers harvested from sustainably managed forests. A bio-based barrier protects the material inside the paper bottle from liquid by resisting water vapor and oxygen transfer. The recyclable materials used are harmless to nature and biodegradable if they enter the environmental cycle. The production of[…]

Paper Tear Tape

Recyclable Packaging Tape – Tear tape is an adhesive strip on packaging for easy opening, often made of non-recyclable plastic like polypropylene. This plastic strip poses recycling challenges when used on paper-based packaging, as it needs to be separated before recycling. To reduce the use of polymer-based tapes, tesa has developed a new tear tape solution that can[…]


Challenging Plastic Nostalgia With Paper Bubbles – With PAPERbubble®, Storopack offers customers an innovative and eco-friendly alternative to traditional bubble wrap. Made from renewable paper combined with air, this protective packaging is 100% recyclable and effectively shields small to medium-sized shipments, reducing the use of primary and fossil resources. #zeroplastic #fullyrecyclcalbe #paperpackaging #sustainablepackaging #paperboard #foodpackaging Product Name: PAPERbubble®Manufacturer: Storopack Deutschland GmbH + Co.[…]


Biobased Custom Mold Packaging – PaperFoam® is a unique eco-friendly packaging material composed of three simple natural and renewable ingredients: starch, fibers, and water. When combined, these components turn into a durable product that resembles paper and has a foamy texture, hence the name PaperFoam®. To meet packaging needs, the material is injected into custom molds and baked into[…]

MILK MaterialLab Paperlite Flextrus

Water soluble films – AR Packaging’s PaperLite® is a biodegradable packaging material made from recycled paper fibers that can be thermoformed and is approved for food contact. Based on sustainably renewable FSC® certified paper from sustainably managed forestry, this material helps reduce plastic packaging. PaperLite® also offers economic advantages over conventional materials in terms of weight. Handling is[…]


Paper based thermoformable packaging – Amcor and French brand owner Charcupac have jointly developed Paperly™, a thermoformable packaging based on FSC-certified paper. The packaging solution impresses with its natural, rustic look and organic feel – perfect for sausage and cheese. Paperly™ received a Diamond Finalists Award and impressed the judges with its recyclability in the paper stream, resealability and[…]

Paptic Gavia

Plant based packaging – Paptic Gavia® is not only a sustainable heat-sealable alternative, but also a strong, durable and flexible material that runs exceptionally well on converting lines currently using polymer films. Switching from fossil-based packaging material to a fiber-based Paptic Gavia® does not require investment in new machinery. Paptic Gavia® is made of wood from sustainably managed[…]

Pasta 3D Printer
MILK MaterialLab 3D-Pastadrucker Barilla

Printing method for pasta – The 3D printer uses dough cartridges filled with a mixture of durum wheat flour and water. This makes it possible to produce individual pasta shapes within two minutes, which could not be realized with conventional production processes. In addition to the appearance, the taste and consistency can also convince compared to classically produced pasta.[…]

Peel Saver

Potatoes Held by Potatoes – Paolo Stefano Gentile’s concept revolves around employing this material for crafting street food packaging. The potato peel contains starches and fiber components, which, through maceration and natural drying, gain the capacity to bond and solidify. This resulting material is entirely derived from food production waste and is fully biodegradable. Once the packaging fulfills its[…]


Paper bowl With thin Film layer for cheese & co – Mondi is a global packaging and paper group with a focus on sustainability. The company wants to contribute to a better world with innovative packaging and paper solutions. Using paper where possible and relying on plastic where it makes sense – this strategy is “The Mondi Way”. Following this principle, the ecological packaging solution[…]

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Leather from pineapple scraps – Piñatex® was developed by the British company Ananas Anam, a manufacturer of natural textiles from the by-products of the pineapple harvest. With her development, Dr. Carmen Hijosa not only wanted to give an unappreciated waste a use, but also to generate maximum benefit with the smallest possible ecological footprint. The cradle-to-cradle aspect was a[…]

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Packing from pine needles – Pinepac, the winner of the 2017 International Packaging Contest in the Material category, is a package made of pine needles and resin. To produce them, the plants are crushed and mixed with the organic binder resin. The resulting mixture is then pressed into molds, which consist of salt, flour, sunflower oil and water. Subsequent[…]


Plant-based beverage carton – The plant-based packaging solutions from Pactiv Evergreen Inc. offer a sustainable alternative to conventional petroleum-based packaging and thus help to reduce the need for plastic. The recyclable beverage carton PlantCarton ideally embodies this approach: it consists of at least 70% paper produced by means of responsible forestry. In this way, 80% of the plastic[…]

Plastic Roads

Road surface
from plastic waste
– Plastic Roads offers an environmentally friendly solution for material use in road construction. While conventional production uses asphalt in combination with environmentally harmful petroleum, Scottish engineer Toby McCartney delivers a clever alternative made primarily from plastic waste. It is interesting to note that this new road surface is 60% harder than the classic asphalt[…]

PluumoPlus Thermal & Insulation

Feather Packed Thermal Insulation – PluumoPlus feather packed packaging is the first sustainable insulation and thermal packaging solution. Feathers are made of keratin, a protein that is both chemically resistant and physically strong. Their microscopic, hollow structure makes them some of the lightest natural fibers and excellent thermal insulators. As a response to combating plastic in the cold chain[…]

Ponto Biodesign
MILK MaterialLab Ponto Biodesign Elena Amato

Bacterial Cellulose Film – Ponto Biodesign offers a sustainable alternative to plastic-based packaging materials. It is obtained from a mixture consisting of water, bacterial and yeast cultures (scoby), which – spread on a smooth surface and dried – produces a bacterial cellulose film with paper-like properties. On contact with water, the material develops an adhesive effect that can[…]

PP C-PCR Labels

Recycled Packaging Labels – UPM Raflatac PP Food is a versatile, more sustainable label alternative to rigid plastic packaging. Also due to its affordable price, UPM Raflatac PP Food is particularly suitable for food packaging to reduce the use of plastic and thus the associated CO2 emissions. The film is made of 30% organic raw materials from vegetable[…]


3D printing technology for drinkable liquids – Thanks to combined methods from the fields of robotics, life sciences and design, 3D printing makes it possible to inject precise products into edible liquids through microliter droplets rather than layer by layer. With PRINT A DRINK, fascinating, complex 3D structures can be created within one minute – without artificial ingredients. All conventional beverages[…]

ProActive Kerbsafe

Tamper-Evident Kerbside Delivery Bag – ProAmpac’s tamper-evident home delivery bag, KerbSafe, is designed to ensure that food and goods arrive safely and intact. The bag features a sealed top for product intrusion protection and an easy open tear strip for consumer convenience. Vent holes at the top allow steam from hot food to escape. KerbSafe can be made from[…]

PULP Collection
MILK MaterialLab Pulp Collection Studio Jo Meesters

Vessels from paper waste – PULP is a collection of containers made from paper waste, produced from the positive form of discarded containers. This collection is based on research into alternative material recovery from paper waste. The result: the development of a new material that made it possible to make the vessels water-resistant by combining the material with cellulose[…]

PVOH films
MILK MaterialLab PVOH-Folie Sokuful

Water soluble films – The water-soluble and fully biodegradable PVOH films are versatile due to their high strength and resistance to oil and grease. They also excel in their positive hygienic properties as well as their economical dosage. Due to their solid material properties, the non-toxic and skin-friendly films are ideal for use in food packaging. Their decomposition[…]


Climate friendly labels – Sustainable paper labels, with the power of the forest: UPM Raflatac RAFNXT+ is the world’s first labelstock whose contribution to climate protection has been certified by Carbon Trust. The raw materials used in the production of RAFNXT+ paper labels come exclusively from sustainably managed, FSC-certified forests. In addition to economic feasibility, the management of[…]

Rausch packaging

Environmentally friendly food packaging – For over 40 years RAUSCH has been supplying its customers with food, service, sales and transport packaging. The traditional company moves with the times and has a particularly sustainable solution and the necessary consulting services ready for every application. Particularly in the area of food packaging, the company scores with know-how and a wide[…]

MILK MaterialLab READYCYCLE Packaging

Sustainable packaging for fruit and vegetables – ReadyCycle’s packaging is a sustainable alternative to traditional fruit and vegetable packaging. The recyclable trays not only offer the fragile goods the optimum protection, but are also designed with a vegetable-based ink. Since no adhesives or labels are used and the trays are made only of recycled paper and a water coating, they are[…]

MILK MaterialLab Rebowl

Returnable deposit system for food – The REBOWL reusable deposit system provides an environmentally friendly box for a €5 deposit, which can be purchased at participating restaurants and used afterwards. This saves on disposable containers and reduces waste. REBOWL is already available in major cities in Germany. #ecofoodpackaging #takeawaypackaging #sustainabletakeaway #recycle Product name: REBOWLManufacturer: REBOWL (reCup GmbH) Project status: Concept[…]

Die wiederverwendbaren reCIRCLE Bosen gibt es in verschiedenen Größen.

Takeaway with deposit system – To counteract the environmentally harmful disposable packaging of to-go gastronomy with a sustainable solution, the Swiss company reCIRCLE has developed a range of reusable boxes and bowls with lids. These extremely durable containers can be taken to restaurants as part of a reusable system and returned to any participating restaurant. In Germany, 330 restaurants[…]


The Cool Box Ready to Recycle – The RECOOL® is made from recycled paper (pre-consumer paper waste from factories) and AKD, making the box fully compostable after its lifetime. Having a long cooling performance, the box can hold ice for up to 12 hours, remain waterproof for up to 5 days and is reusable after use. It is an environmentally sensitive[…]

MILK MaterialLab Recup

Returnable deposit system for take-away coffee – Since 2016, RECUP has been offering to-go coffee drinkers a sustainable alternative to previous disposable cups. The cups can be purchased at the partner cafés for a €1 deposit and returned at any participating restaurant. After the cups are cleaned on site, they can be reused for other customers without producing packaging waste. #ecofoodpackaging[…]

Recyclable Aluminum Tubes

Condiment Tubes Made Entirely Of Aluminum – Aluminum, a limited resource on Earth, is valuable due to its high recyclability. Byodo’s tubes, crafted from 100% recycled aluminum, emitts fewer CO2 emissions than primary aluminum packaging. Once the plastic lid has been seperated, the tube can be fully reused in the recycling stream. Byodo preserves optimal taste with their aluminum tubes through[…]


The Bright Colourant Made From Fungi – Red+ is an affordable food dyeing solution that is non-GMO, vegan, kosher, and halal, and it imparts no residual taste. Michroma’s Red+ offers consistent year-round availability and excellent scalability, promoting both our well-being and environmental sustainability. It serves as a robust alternative to the typical petroleum-based artificial colorings commonly used. This colorant delivers reliable[…]


Drinking straw from reed – The fully biodegradable drinking straw ReedStraw from Suckõrs is made exclusively from reeds. This is shaped by the wind, sea and sun of the coasts of Estonia – so each straw gets its unique pattern. The reed is processed into the straws without any additives. When the ReedStraw has reached the end of its[…]


Zero-waste film packaging – Nature has its own recycling process that produces only recyclables: composting. Repaq wants to integrate packaging into this ecological cycle and is developing materials for this purpose that are decomposed within a very short time by microorganisms, fungi, insects and mollusks into water and carbon dioxide. This is possible because Repaq uses its own[…]

RFID sensors
MILK MaterialLab RFID Sensor Schreiner Group

Technology for radio detection of data – For more than fifteen years, Competence Center Schreiner LogiData has been developing and producing customer-specific RFID labels and systems as well as track and trace solutions which serve to improve warehousing and material flows. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), as a radio wave technology, offers greater transparency and cost-effectiveness along the entire value chain. The[…]

S.E. Packaging group

Manufacturer of paper-based packaging solutions – Hong Kong-based S.E. Packaging Group Ltd. supplies a variety of paper-based packaging solutions for transporting, protecting and storing various products. There are numerous types of paper to choose from for customizing food packaging bags, including kraft paper, coated papers, white board and offset papers. These have different properties in terms of strength, smoothness and[…]


PE free carton for packaging without plastic – After two years of research in close customer cooperation, AR Packaging launched Safeboard® – the completely PE-free board for the food industry. Tailored barrier functions for moisture, fat and aroma are available for the Safeboard® solution. A unique process, in which the cardboard is printed and coated at the same time, makes it possible[…]

Sargasse Project

Paper and Cardboard From Algae – Sargassum algae were originally found only in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. For several years, however, the population of the microalga has been moving southward, infesting the entire Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the west coast of Africa as an invasive species. The native marine ecosystem is negatively affected by the algae. Species[…]

Sausage Of The Future

A sausage with insects, nuts
or vegetables
– The enormous consumption of animal products led Carolien Niebling to develop “The Sausage of the Future.” She worked with a chef, a master butcher and a molecular gastronome to produce an alternative that would reduce the meat content by 30-50% by adding other foods. Made with protein-rich ingredients, such as pecan nuts and insect[…]

Reducing Food Waste. Prolonging food life

Drop-In Solution That Reduces Food and Produce Waste – With food waste reduction as their prominent goal, SAVRpak’s moisture capturing technology can prolong the freshness of fruits and veggies from 4-14 days. It is made for both commercial and home use. For farmers, packers & shippers, and retailers, the pouches can be easily added with packaging to ensure freshness during transport and arrival,[…]

Scoby Packaging
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Packaging from organic waste – MakeGrowLab’s woven biowaste packaging is made entirely of cellulose, making it free of toxic pollutants, synthetic polylactides and fossil fuels. Scoby is 40 times more durable than paper and is compostable and plastic-free due to its natural ingredients. Thanks to its airtightness and water resistance, Scoby has already been able to encase shampoos, soaps,[…]

SEA Tech™ Resin

Seaweed Based Resin – SEA Tech™ resins are engineered to replace traditional plastic with regenerative, carbon-capturing seaweed-based materials. These resins resemble conventional plastic but are designed to disappear, addressing the issue of plastic waste. Beyond their Blue Carbon Straw, the company aims to expand its product portfolio to include items like utensils, cups, lids, and take-out containers. Having[…]

SEAclic Box

Transport Packaging for Temperature-Sensitive Foods – SEAclic Box transport solutions are designed specifically for shipping fresh foods like fish, maintaining the cold chain and absorbing impacts effectively. They are lightweight, EU food packaging regulations compliant, and prioritize safety and quality. Additionally, these boxes feature an environmentally friendly and user-friendly design. The click mechanism ensures secure closure without the need for[…]


Renewable ice cream carton – Plant-based packaging solutions provider Evergreen Packaging is helping Oatly Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert extend its commitment to sustainability and responsible sourcing with the renewable Sentinel™ ice cream carton. This is an environmentally friendly paper-based packaging that is coated with a renewable coating. Sugarcane-based polyethylene was used for this, making the board completely renewable because both[…]


Full barrier carton without aluminum – The world’s first aluminum-free material for aseptic full-barrier cartons: The SIGNATURE EVO beverage carton from manufacturer SIG makes it possible to package liquid dairy products and other non-carbonated beverages without using aluminum as a barrier. Like all SIG beverage cartons, SIGNATURE EVO is made largely from renewable materials. For all products in the sustainable[…]

Silphia packing

Silphia paper packing – OutNature’s innovative paper packaging is based on a new natural raw material: silphia fibers. These are obtained from regionally grown and processed silphia, which is also a particularly effective energy crop. The properties of silphia fibers are comparable to short fiber pulp. The fibers can therefore be used as a real economically realistic, ecological[…]

Smart Materials – Bioplastics
MILK MaterialLab SmartMaterials EdibleVegetableWasteBioplastics Alumni

Bioplastic from food scraps – The “Smart Materials” research team at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa uses food scraps to make a bioplastic. To do this, they studied plant waste products such as cocoa pod shells, rice husks, and vegetables that were pulverized for use in vegetable drinks and colored pasta. Depending on the properties of the[…]

Smile Plastics

Furniture design from plastic scrap – Since 1994, the English company Smile Plastics has been shredding scrap materials to create newly designed furniture as well as flooring. In this process, plastic scrap in the form of used bottles, CDs or pipes is not only cut up, but also pressed into sheets by applying heat in molding presses. This approach results[…]

Smol Products
MILK MaterialLab Smolproducts

Soluble films for detergents – The detergent and dishwashing tablets from the British company Smol are encased in a water-soluble film. This variant made of polyvinyl alcohol allows the tabs to be biodegradable. The FSC certified outer packaging is not only sustainable, but also childproof. #impact #sustainable #innovation #materialdevelopment #specialmaterial #ecofriendly #plasticfree #packaging Product Name: Smol Satchels and TabsManufacturer:[…]

Snap Pack – Nature Multipack
MILK MaterialLab SnapPack Nature Multipack Carlsberg

Less material consumption due to optimized adhesive – The “Snap Pack” packaging solution introduced by the Carlsberg Group as part of its “Together Towards ZERO” sustainability program is a glued-together can multipack that requires no secondary packaging. With the aim of reducing the Group’s global plastics consumption by 1,200 metric tons per year, a specially developed adhesive was developed that has the[…]


Sustainable ice cream spooning – With its cookie-like ingredients, the edible ice cream spoon “Spoonie” is not only a tastier but also a more environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional plastic spoon. Sturdy and chocolaty spoon lasts an hour in ice cream or desserts before dissolving. The secret ingredient is not the usual chocolate, but the fibers of the[…]

Springs and Wraps

Luxury Substitute to Bubble Wrap – RAIKU offers a low footprint packaging materials that is neither paper nor plastic-based. In comparison to conventional market competitors in plastic, paper, and carton, Raiku uses 3000 times less water, 50 times less energy and zero chemicals. They also claim to reduce deforestation by 10 times due to their efficiency in production. The springs[…]


Slip-on bag – Many want to turn the world of packaging upside down, STANDCAP has made it simple: the foil pouch with flip-top closure stands on its lid and thus stands out on the shelf thanks to a wedge-shaped upward communication surface that stands out attractively from ordinary plastic bottles for ketchup and co. STANDCAP can be[…]


Applicable Produce Sticker to Prolong Produce Life – ryp LABS’ patent-pending produce label provides a vapour-based protective layer, that extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, by reducing over-ripening and spoilage. StixFresh stickers are customized to prevent diseases causing premature rot and can be used anywhere in the food supply chain. Made from food-grade materials, they are recyclable and biodegradable, offering[…]

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from wood chips and biopolymers
– Sulapac® biodegradable packaging is based on a mixture of wood chips and bio-polymer. The material is increasingly used in the cosmetics industry. Sulapac® is produced by means of industrial composting, which does not require the use of any water or chemicals and is therefore a particularly environmentally friendly recycling process. With this innovation, Sulapac®[…]

Super Synthetics

Dissolvable Rice Starch Drinking Vessel – With the Super Synthetics project, a drinking vessel based on natural materials was developed by Maria Idicula Kurian as her master’s thesis at Central Saint Martins College. Various ingredients such as rice pepper, potato starch and bacterial cellulose were experimented with and used in the project. If liquid is added to the drinking vessel,[…]

MILK MaterialLab Superhalm Wisefood

Edible drinking straw – The German company Wisefood has realized the mission of a plastic-free drinking straw with its SUPERHALM. The edible SUPERHALM, made from natural ingredients, wants to put an end to the mass of disposed plastic drinking straws. Because over a billion of them are thrown away every day. In addition to fruit fibers and cereals,[…]


Compostable Sous vide bag – Vacuum bags are a food packaging with many advantages. For hygienic storage of food, vacuum sealing is an excellent method. Gentle cooking of food directly in the bag, which is placed in hot water for a longer period of time for this purpose (sous-vide cooking), has also become indispensable in modern kitchens and is[…]

Sylvicta Paper

Versatile Translucent Paper Packaging – Sylvicta is a compostable and marine-degradable translucent paper produced using only renewable raw materials. Utilizing sustainably sourced wood pulp, it can be fully recycled and is repulpable after use. The Sylvicta manufacturing process is free from animal-based ingredients, alcohol or acetic acid. The paper extends the shelf-life of packaged products by providing higher barrier[…]

Tastee Tape

Edible Tape For Messy Meals – Tastee tape is tape you can eat while holding those messy meals like wraps. Tastee Tape is a fun and useful way to hold your food together and keep your meals mess-free. With no waste afterwards. Made entirely from edible fibres. #messfree #wrapsforlife #saveawrap #foodtape #foodglue #innovativefooddesign Product Name: Tastee TapeManufacturer: Tastee TapeProject Status:[…]


Plastic coated paper waste material – The specially developed process enables raw materials to be processed from used beverage cartons to produce the material Tectan®. For granulate recovery, the paper and cardboard scraps are cut up and dried. Depending on the intended use, these are supplemented with existing polyethylene. Tectan® is used by injection molding in sleeve plugs and edge[…]

That’s Caffeine
MILK MaterialLab ThatsCaffeine Atticus Durnell

Furnishings from recycled coffee scraps – Atticus Durnell recycles coffee scraps by making furnishings such as lamps, plates and even tiles from them. By pressing these remains with resin, completely biodegradable products succeed. Subsequent sealing provides individual color in addition to water and temperature resistance. The idea of the Briton gives the previously unused waste a new functionality and thus[…]

The compostable mailer
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Mailing bags made from corn starch – The shipping bags from wastebased are made on the basis of corn starch and the natural PLA polymer, are completely of biological origin and therefore also compostable at home. The idea of producing a material that can be dissolved in water within seconds, leaving no environmentally harmful traces, led the British company to produce[…]

The Good Cup™

A Sustainable Multi-Purpose Paper Cup – An alternative to wood based paper cups, The Good Cup™’s smart foldable design can seal tiself tightly and eliminate the need for a lid. Whether containing liquids or solid foods, the cup form can be adjusted to fit the needs of its content. Made in partnership with EnvoPAP, the paper is made of discarded[…]

The Last Box

Shipping Without the Carton – The Last Box brings to the shipping industry reusable shipping packages, eliminating the need for standard corrugated single use cardboard packaging. The Durable boxes that ship full one-way, can be seamlessly collapsed and nested for efficient reverse shipments and storage. They can be customized by dimensions, shipping label placement, color, and branding to meet[…]

The Straw

Vegetable material straw – Loliware’s straw offers consumers a plastic-like but plastic-free alternative to traditional plastic straws. The compostable innovation is made of seaweed and is therefore compostable and absolutely environmentally friendly. It also represents an opportunity to reduce global plastic consumption without having to give up the previous plastic experience. Particularly practical is the 18-hour and varied[…]

The Swag
Bag prolonging produce life

Bags Keeping Produce at Home Fresher and Longer – By enhancing hydration, promoting breathing, and prolonging ethylene buildup, The Swag provide an optimal environment for produce to remain fresh, crisp, and healthy. With an aim to reduce food waste, The Swag are bags designed with multiple layers that each play an important role in providing hydration and breathability for produce stored within. The[…]

The Udder Way

Milk From the Tap – The Udder Way manufactures high quality reusable plastics in the form of 18 litre LDPE Kegs and dispensing systems that offer a solution to the plastic pollution generated by the dairy industry. The Udder Way eliminates the need for single use plastic and cartons in the industry by providing an on tap system that[…]


Compostable packaging – As functional as normal plastic packaging, but just as compostable as an orange peel: film packaging from TIPA®. Highly transparent, durable, lightweight and moisture-resistant, yet fully printable – these are all properties that are valued in plastic and, with TIPA®, are now also available as a sustainable solution. The film packaging is food-safe and[…]


Tomato Fiber Packing – With the idea of packaging tomatoes in cardboard trays enriched with tomato fibers, the Dutch company Solidus Solutions achieved an absolute novelty. Per hectare of tomato cultivation can produce 100,000 boxes of tomatoes. Thus, the tomatoes from this year’s crop provide the biodegradable packaging for the following year’s crop. This has the positive side[…]

MILK MaterialLab Bayonix Stefan Hunger

Material from chitin and coffee grounds – Tômtex makes leather from seafood waste and used coffee grounds. Seafood shells contain a large amount of chitin, which promotes biodegradability of the material. After preparation, the raw materials are refined with a layer of beeswax. Sealing ensures the water resistance of the material and allows individual surface texture. This allows design patterns such[…]

MILK MaterialLab Totomoxtle Fernando Laposse

Corn material – Totomoxtle is a new type of veneer material made from Mexican corn husks. The purple, red as well as cream corn grains give a unique design to the lamps, wall coverings, cans and tables. Fernando Laposse’s goal here is to preserve jobs and safeguard the agricultural diversity of his home country. With the declining[…]


Cook-in-the-Pouch solution – GBfoods and AR Packaging Flexibles have jointly developed a cook-in-the-pouch solution that offers high consumer convenience thanks to the wide opening and markings on the inside of the pack for easy dosing. Blå Band is a well-known GBfoods brand with a wide range of dry and ready meals. Their expedition meals are complete freeze-dried[…]


Secondary packaging from spent grains – TREBODUR is produced exclusively from spent grains, a waste product of beer production. The proteins contained bind the brewing residues to form a homogeneous woody material. Therefore, it is ideal for short-lived products, such as disposable packaging, which can be composted very well (even in home composting systems). The proteins contained in the residues[…]


Organic products from biomass of wine production – 200,000 tons of wine press waste (stems, seeds, skins) – so-called pomace – are produced in Germany every year. The majority remains unused. As a sustainable designer, Katharina Hölz introduces this biomass into a new life cycle. So she developed materials and products from pomace that are naturally renewable and biodegradable. The press residues[…]


Birch bark antiseptic containers – Anastasiya Koshcheeva’s storage boxes “Tuesa” are truly unique due to the natural birch bark and regional cedar wood. The oils contained in the natural materials ensure a long freshness of the stored food. The modern design was developed and handmade in Siberia. The aesthetic and practical focus is especially on the birch bark, which[…]

MILK MaterialLab EdibleCup Twiice

Edible drinking cups – Stephen and Jamie, a father-son duo from New Zealand, founded Twiice to produce edible drinking cups. The handmade and additive-free cups can be consumed after their use, avoiding any packaging waste. They are made from wheat flour, sugar, and egg and vanilla essence, making them an edible alternative to traditional plastic cups. Twiice is[…]


Recyclable plastic packaging cup – Charpak has been a leader in the design and manufacture of sustainable packaging for over 30 years. The latest patented innovation, Twist-Loc®, was developed to replace injection molded PP (pure polypropylene) packaging with lightweight, largely recyclable solutions. The packaging is made from at least 75% existing recycled material and can be reused and recycled[…]


Propellant-Free Aerosol Containers – twistMistTM and its 100% mechanical actuation mechanism creates a consistent spray from the first-to-last drop. It can be loaded to a pressure of 4–5 bars. Their aerosol technology is powered by a twist rather than harmful propellants. The bottle is never pressurized and can be customized with any shape, material, or color. Allowing also for[…]


To-go reusable lid – With udo®, your favorite cup becomes a coffee-to-go mug! The reusable plastic lid fits perfectly on common cups, closes them optimally tight, so that the duo – from which the product name is derived – of cup and lid is ideally suited for transport. The tapered shape allows for closure by means of an[…]


Compostable packaging from beer production residues – Outlander Materials has developed plastic-free packaging from brewery surplus that is edible and compostable. By using food industry scraps, Outlander Materials does not rely on virgin materials, making UnPlastic an extremely environmentally friendly product. UnPlastic is designed as an alternative to single-use plastic, for example, disposable packaging for convenience items such as cookies and[…]

UPM Specialty Papers

Certified Wood Fibre Based Packaging – UPM Speciality Papers offers FSC and PEFC certified wood fibre based packaging, that can be recycled or composted at end its of life (dependent the paper type). The natural fibre-based materials offer a wide range of possibilities for individual branding. They have various lines for primary packaging, labelling and released based papers. UPM only[…]

Vanish PCR

Sustainable no label look labels – UPM introduces UPM Raflatac VanishTM PCR, an ultra-transparent labelstock. Thanks to its particularly low material thickness and the use of 90% recycled PET, this requires fewer raw materials than standard clear-on-clear products. When applied to transparent containers, this allows a true “no-label look”‘ with improved environmental performance. The film is ideal for a wide[…]

Vegatable Crayons 

Colourful Food Waste – Born out of the desire to create safer crayons for children, Mizuiro crayons provide a non-toix and eco-friendly alternative to traditional wax crayons. Each crayon is made with a powder blend that orignates from regional vegetables and fruit that would have been discarded. The natural scent and feel of the colourful tools lead to[…]

Vegemat, Vegetop, Vegecap

– – Vegeplast delivers the bioplastic, Vegemat, which is metal, oil, and GMO free while being composed of cereals, vegetables, and other natural components. With the aim to tackle plastic waste and pollution, Vegemat is designed to be biodegradable and compostable. The material itself comes in capsule form and can be applied to numerous forms[…]


Plant-based compostable foodservice packaging. – Vegware manufactures compostable food packaging from plant-based raw materials, offering a durable and stable product alternative to petroleum-based disposables. Vegware is sold in 70 countries, with distribution throughout Europe, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean, and operational bases in the UK, US, Hong Kong and Australia. Among other things, the company helps[…]

MILK MaterialLab Veio Kathrin

Textile shells – The scarf series VEIO, processed by turning, was created by Kathin Morawietz’s idea of pressing the layers of old textiles together by a thin layer of glue. In the process, these become a dense block that retains the feel of the fabric and makes it a visually unique piece. Once the material is strong[…]

Ventri – Cow Stomach

Cow stomach textured leather – Dutch designer Billie van Katwijk produces special handbags from cow stomachs using an elaborate tanning process. For her project “Ventri”, luxurious accessories are created from the slaughterhouse leftovers that were previously processed into dog food. Particularly surprising is the visual appeal and extraordinary texture of the waste product. Accordingly, the different properties of the[…]

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Sustainable thermal packaging – Since traditional Styrofoam containers are not biodegradable, Vericool® has developed various thermal designs that keep the contents at constant temperatures. The compostable insulation, consisting of renewable and already consumed materials, can be disposed of in the household compost after a long period of use, thus preventing ecological pollution. Vericool® is particularly suitable for transporting[…]


Produce Stickers That Prolong Food Life – Ethylene is essential for produce growth and ripening, but it can lead to over-ripening and spoilage after harvest. For nearly two decades, 1-MCP has been a recognized and safe method for safeguarding post-harvest produce from ethylene damage. Traditionally, 1-MCP is administered in airtight rooms for a 24 hour period to ensure exposure. Vidre+ offers[…]


Compostable packaging – TC Transcontinental Packaging offers responsible end-of-life solutions for flexible and compostable packaging. The VierVERTe product line convinces with sustainable solutions for dry food and snacks. As a pioneer in the development and marketing of compostable films, the company has in-depth technical knowledge when it comes to the use of compostable films on food packaging[…]

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Compostable Bioplastics Made With Microorganisms – Shellworks produces Vivomer, a sustainable bioplastic made with microorganisms found in marine or soil environments. Four designers, Ed Jones, Insiya Jafferjee, Amir Afshar and Andrew Edwards of the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, developed the nature based mono-material. As a bio-based polymer, the PHA is 100% vegan and free from microplastics, while[…]


Reusable System For To-Go Food – Every German produces 226.5 kilos of packaging waste every year. Inspired by this, Sven Witthöft and Tim Breker developed an idea to reduce packaging waste in 2019. The system provides take-away customers with a reusable, high-quality box that can be purchased from cooperating restaurants and returned after use. It is possible to use the[…]


Compostable convenience food packaging – British food retailer Waitrose is replacing the black plastic packaging of its ready meals with compostable trays made from an innovative fiber material. The new type of shell is 10% lighter and releases 50% less CO2 in production than its plastic counterpart. The novel material is designed to be heated in the oven or[…]


Manufacturer for sustainable frozen food packaging – In the frozen segment, there are two main types of packaging: carton packaging and bag packaging. The cardboard packaging provides sturdy protection for the product and, thanks to its stackability, is ideal for storage. Individually printed, it becomes an eye-catcher in the freezer. The important thing with this packaging is the proper coating to[…]

Waste Vault Pavilion
MILK MaterialLab Waste Vault Pavilion ETH Zuerich

Pavilion made from recycled beverage cartons – On the occasion of the IDEAS City Festival in New York in 2015, beverage cartons were cut up and pressed into plates by heat. These formed an environmentally friendly pavilion that had tremendous strength due to the plastic coating on the recycled cardboard. The recycling concept was developed and implemented by Prof. Dirk Hebel[…]

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