Material Lab

Our Material Lab is a glossary dedicated to forward-looking packaging materials for food.


Material savings due to 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. The project was awarded in the category ,ANTICIPATION’ at the Lexus Design Award 2016. Food packaging creates a lot of unnecessary waste. Agar is a traditional Japanese food that is often used to make sweets. However, it is also[…]

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. The company offers exceptional properties compared to conventional plastics. AgriPlast has a finely grained, natural-looking surface and, like plastic, can be colored[…]


center for new packaging
– 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[…]

Algae Offset Ink
MILK MaterialLab Algae Offset Ink Cast Iron

Sustainable printing ink – This algae-based ink replaces petroleum-derived pigments used in conventional offset ink and, unlike them, has a much smaller carbon footprint. The project is being carried out jointly by the Patagonia brand and Living Ink. which has been developing algae-based pigments since 2013. After a successful test run, 8,000 brochures were printed on a 100%[…]

Algae Water Bottle
MILK MaterialLab ager ager Ari Jonsson

Bottle from
– Ari Jonsson has developed the concept for a water bottle made of agar-agar, which rots 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 mold. Filled with water, this construct stabilizes. Without liquid,[…]

Alginsulate foam

Foam from algae – The innovative alginsulate foam, which was developed in an exchange between TU Graz and the Universidad de Magallanes in Chile, shows the natural marine inhabitant in a new light. The algae-based packaging material is not only environmentally friendly, but is also available in unlimited quantities. In addition, algae is a rapidly renewable raw material.[…]

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[…]


Materials on Basis of renewable raw materials – 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[…]


biodegradable drinking bottle
– The BAYONIX® BOTTLE is made of a petroleum-based polymer and is a sustainable alternative to conventional single-use plastic bottles due to its environmental compatibility. It can be completely recycled into biological and technical cycles, thus offering a reuse of degradable material. The Cradle-to-Cradle Certified™ polymer, which demonstrates the maximum in material health, also promises[…]

Be Green Packaging
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Take-Away Packaging
– Be Green Packaging’s high-quality, compostable packaging is a sustainable solution for restaurateurs and food retailers to package their goods in an environmentally friendly way and provide robust protection. Made from bamboo, bagasse and bulrush, they are suitable for disposal in the in-house compost. The wide product range offers customers not only plates and bowls,[…]

Beeswax wipes
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The eco-friendly 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[…]

Better Bottle
MILK MaterialLab ForTheBetterGood Bottle

Biodegradable water bottle – It took “For The Better Good” founder Jayden Klinacneine several years to develop a water bottle that is fully compostable. Since then, his organization produces bottles as well as their labels based on plants. The high starch content in corn enables the formation of a long sugar molecule structure, which can then be further[…]


for flexible film applications
– Bio-Flex® bioplastic is based partly, sometimes entirely, on natural raw materials and therefore serves various film applications in the food industry. The certified biodegradability allows, for example, food to be disposed of in its packaging or Bio-Flex® to be used in agriculture. Decomposable plant clips are thus a way to plow under the bioplastics[…]

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. #reuse #ethicalbusiness #sustainable #environment #materialdevelopment #upcycling #specialmaterial #wastebased #innovation[…]


Tableware from natural fibers – BIO-LUTIONS products use only raw materials that cannot be consumed as food and therefore do not claim land use. The disposable tableware and packaging solution are manufactured using a mechanical process that eliminates pulp extractions and bleaching. This efficient process achieves savings in chemicals and water. The products, which are tailored to their intended[…]


Compostable to-go items – The Austrian online store offers over 1,000 different compostable items for on-the-go catering – from cutlery, bowls, cups, plates and many other products made from palm leaf, sugar cane, cardboard and wood to organic waste bags and organic carrier bags. The product range from the production of international specialists is also available in smaller[…]

MILK MaterialLab Bio4Pack

Sustainable packaging solutions – The Lower Saxony-based company Bio4Pack sells sustainable packaging solutions that can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. The laminated films consist largely of renewable raw materials and can be composted according to DIN Cerco. They can be printed in many colors and are suitable for dry foods such as pasta or cereals.[…]

MILK MaterialLab BioFoam Symbra Technology

The world’s first CO2-neutral foam – BioFoam consists of biopolymers, i.e. renewable, plant-based materials. This makes BioFoam the first 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, yet BioFoam is suitable for long-term use. #positivechange #bethechange #sustainabledesign #designforthefuture #materialinnovation #newmaterials #materialtrends #biofoam Product[…]


Environmentally friendly
To-go supplies
– For over ten years, Bio Futura, originally a Dutch company, has been offering only sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional disposable plastic tableware out of conviction. In doing so, Bio Futura is always on the lookout for new sustainable packaging solutions. The company is also a member of the Friends of Cradle to[…]

BioMass Packaging
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Trade for environmentally friendly take-away packaging – The American company BioMass Packaging specializes in the distribution of environmentally friendly take-away packaging. These consist of both palm leaves, PLA, fruit pulp or recycled paper. In addition to menu boxes, BioMassPackaging offers cutlery sets, bags and cups. #ecofoodpackaging #takeawaypackaging #sustainabletakeaway #recycle Product Name: BioMass PackagingManufacturer: BioMass Packaging® Project status: Concept // Prototype //[…]


Takeaway packaging made from renewable raw materials – If you’re looking for sustainable alternatives to common disposable packaging, Bioodi is the place to go. For more than a decade, the store has already included sustainable takeaway packaging made from sugar cane production waste in its range. Meanwhile, the range includes a wide selection of products made from other bio-based materials such as[…]


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[…]


Flexible recyclable cardboard container – Boardio® is an innovation with high environmental benefits from ARPACKAGING. It is a carton-based, cost-effective packaging solution with customized low- to high-barrier protection. Designed for recyclability with a very high percentage of renewable board, it enables strong positioning for green brands. Creative shapes and many practical features make them the ideal solution for a[…]

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[…]

Calibrated Water

Dissolvable rice starch drinking vessel – The “Calibrated Water” project developed a drinking vessel based on natural materials. If liquid is added to the drinking vessel, it can be used for up to two days before it biodegrades on its own. The more layers of rice starch or rice paper that surround the vessel, the longer it will take to[…]

Cardia Bioplastics

– 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[…]


Manufacturer of microfibrillated cellulose materials – Weidmann Fiber Technology is the world’s leading supplier of materials based on microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and related know-how. 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[…]

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, 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 packaging[…]


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
MILK MaterialLab ChitosanBioplastics PaulKheem

Material from shrimp shells – The biodegradable material “Chitosan Bioplastics” was created as a research project by Paul Kheem and Ronny Haberer. 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 chitosan, which, as a bioplastic, is the starting point of[…]

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 are natural, sustainable, vegan, and 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[…]


Zero-Waste chocolate in cocoa shells-
– The world’s first zero-waste chocolate, from production to packaging – that is the claim of the Indian company Kocoatrait. Kocoatrait therefore 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[…]

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[…]

CoffeeCup Paper

Graphic paper from disposable cups – Innovative upcycling saves paper fiber in disposable cups. According to the Federal Environment Agency, 2.8 billion disposable cups are consumed annually in Germany alone, mostly plastic-coated paper cups that currently end up in the trash because they cannot be recycled in a proportionate and economical way. The cups are made of a composite of[…]

Coffin Alley 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[…]

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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. #ecofoodpackaging #takeawaypackaging #sustainabletakeaway #recycle Product Name: ColpacManufacturer: Colpac[…]

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
– 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
MILK MaterialLab Biowaste Material younyang song

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 biowaste. The substance bonded with a natural binder to form a substrate has high resistance in contact with water. With their sustainable[…]

Crush Paper by Favini
MILK Material Lab CrushPaper Favini

Recycled environmentally friendly paper Remove – Crush by Favini is an environmentally friendly paper series, which is produced entirely with green energy. 40% of the paper is post-consumer waste, which is recycled and added to the material. Organic residues from nuts or fruits are used to reduce waste and give by-products another function. Crush is FSC®-certified and available as[…]


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 delicious liquid-resistant cookie. The cookie cups are made only from natural grain products, making them equally eco-friendly and delicious. Up to 40 minutes the cups remain crispy[…]


Special and functional papers – The delfortgroup is a global innovation leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of specialty and functional papers. Through an exceptional combination of technology and expertise, the family-run group delivers outstanding service and customized paper solutions for various industries. Delfort supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and sources 100% of the raw materials for[…]

Algae based
Disposable Bio-Plastic
– With the project, Margarita Talep is developing a material based on algae raw materials as a sustainable alternative for single-use plastics. The Spanish project name “” 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 it is[…]


Security packaging for cannabis – Diamond offers a wide range of cannabis packaging options made with the industry’s most advanced 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[…]


Organic disposable tableware and packaging for the catering industry – dishio is a young company from Hamburg, Germany, founded out of a passion for the environment and sustainability and with experience in the field of disposable packaging. Since disposable packaging is not easy to imagine our world without, dishio wants to offer real alternatives for gastronomy, takeaway and catering precisely here and thus significantly[…]

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 can 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™

Recyclable and 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[…]


Plastic free flow wrap paper – Earthfilm is an environmentally friendly, flexible packaging that can be recycled along with waste paper. Since the film is made from renewable raw materials, it is a sustainable material. It is made of a paper with a 100% plastic-free, heat-sealable coating and scores high on grease, water and moisture barriers. Earthfilm can be printed[…]

EarthFirst® PLA

Biopolymer films – PSI, a globally active manufacturer of films based on biopolymers, sees itself as a companion to its customers on the way to a sustainable packaging world, which not only takes economic aspects into account, but also social and ecological aspects. EarthFirst® PLA is the leading bio-polymer packaging film. Less is more here: at just[…]


Plastic free recyclable stand up pouch – The award-winning Earthpouch is an eco-friendly and sustainable stand-up pouch that is plastic-free and recyclable. 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. There is[…]


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

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

Sustainable packaging and shipping materials – ecoenclose’s environmentally friendly packaging consists primarily of reusable materials that have already been used and recycled in advance. By not using new bioplastics, not only are new materials saved, but resources to produce them are also saved. 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 comes from natural sources (i.e. no fossil sources) and is therefore fully biodegradable and compostable (at room temperature). Compared to its fossil-based[…]


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 company is thus a pioneer in terms of detailed analysis and description in Environmental[…]


Sustainable packaging options for eCommerce – HeapsGood sustainable packaging is a young sustainable packaging company specifically focused on the eCommerce market. The Australian company offers a range of compostable alternatives to packaging products typically used in online retail, including sustainable tape, labels and 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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Seaweed material – Indonesian researchers Dr. Noryawati Mulyno and David Christian developed the “Edible Seaweed Packaging” made from seaweed. In its 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[…]


Fully recyclable stand base-
– The Bear Naked® granola brand, a Kellogg Company product, introduced a new, fully recyclable stand-up pouch in 2019. In developing the Bear Naked® bag, five different companies collaborated to pave the way to more sustainable options for brands and packers. The goal was not only to produce a recyclable bag, but also to produce[…]

Extract Paper

Jewelry 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 CupCyclingTM by James Cropper. Approximately[…]

Fiber Thermoforming

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
– Fibrecote® from AR Packaging Flexibles combines the look and feel of real paper with excellent barrier properties. The material is made of paper and is used for lids, pre-made bags, flow wrapping applications and as an unformed bottom film. It is available in a wide range of designs and can be customized, for example,[…]

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 this unique packaging material from paper foam is subject to a patented process that processes waste paper with renewable raw materials and is completely biodegradable. In[…]

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 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[…]

Forest Film

Sustainable plastic labels – With Forest Film™, UPM Raflatac introduces a novel material for sustainable plastic labels. Forest Film™ is made from 100% renewable wood-based raw materials in an ISCC-certified value chain and enables the gradual replacement of fossil film materials – without compromising on benefits and performance. The material was developed in cooperation with UPM Biofuels and[…]

Fungi Mutarium
MILK MaterialLab Fungi Muratium

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[…]

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. No sooner said than done! Now, the[…]

Gmund beer paper
MILK MaterialLab Bierpapier Gmund

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[…]

MILK MaterialLab Gone Lizzi Wright MILK-MaterialLab-Gone-Lizzi-Wright-9

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[…]


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

Green Banana Paper

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

Plastic free carton top
for can
– Heineken introduces GreenGrip, a sustainable solution for can multipacks. The common plastic rings are replaced by a sturdy cardboard top that is easy to carry while being 100% plastic-free and recyclable and compostable. For example, the British brewery aims to save over 500 tons of plastic each year – the equivalent of 94 million[…]

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Sustainable takeaway packaging – greenbox© supplies the catering industry with sustainable food service packaging made from renewable or recycled raw materials, offering environmentally friendly alternatives to common to-go packaging. The majority of the products are made from vegetable raw materials. These are not only renewable, but also biodegradable. The company also ensures that the packaging materials are produced[…]

Grounded Packaging
MILK MaterialLab GroundedPackaging

Sustainable packaging solutions – Grounded Packaging is a Sydney-based company that produces sustainable packaging solutions for food and consumer products. The compostable envelopes, films and vacuum and stand-up pouches are made from potato, corn or rice starch. Remnants of manio root further strengthen the material. Fast-growing eucalyptus trees are used as the starting point for the biodegradable packaging[…]

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[…]

MILK MaterialLab gum tec Gumdrop

Chewing gum recycling – Gumdrop Ltd. aims to eliminate gum emissions by recycling all types of chewing gum waste and processing it into a variety of products in collaboration with global companies and manufacturers. In a new process, recycled chewing gum is turned into the sustainable material Gum-tec®, which can be made into things like rubber boots, cell[…]


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

Sustainable straws – 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[…]

High performance lidding films

Sustainable barrier films – AR Packaging offers a complete range of lidding films for thermoforming and tray forming machines – with minimal resource consumption. Tailored barrier properties and high mechanical strength optimize product quality and shelf life of numerous food products. At the same time, convenience features and an appealing look help the product resonate with consumers. The[…]

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[…]


Environmental Friend-
ly cooling with recycled paper
and water
– This is how to cool sustainably – the IcePackEco is made from 100% recycled corrugated cardboard and is delivered pre-folded as a flat, space-saving sheet. All you have to do now is put it in water and freeze it – the natural cold pack is ready. Since it is made of paper, it can[…]

Ingeo biopolymer

Disposable packaging made from Ingeo-PLA – Natureworks’ polylactide – known under the brand name Ingeo biopolymer – is an environmentally friendly 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 environmentally friendly material that produces 80% less greenhouse gases in its[…]


Sustainable packaging manufacturer – The young company jonatura was founded by experienced employees in the packaging industry. Together, they have set themselves the goal of meeting their customers’ packaging needs in a sustainable manner. jonatura therefore offers environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional packaging and shipping materials. Through constant expansion of production, jonatura now manufactures a wide range of[…]

JR Press

Sustainable paper packaging solutions – Sustainable paper food packaging from our own production – that’s what JR press stands for. The British company has been active in packaging production since 1984 and today exclusively offers certified sustainable, CO2-neutral paper packaging solutions for the out-of-home catering industry. The manufacturer’s special innovation is the“It’s a Wrap” wrapping paper for food service.[…]

KAIKU Living Color
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Colors from food bowls – 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[…]

KPL Cirrus™

Lighter plastic due to special shape – 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[…]

Eine Frau benutzt den essbaren Löffel von Kulero.

Edible spoons – 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[…]

Lacroix packaging

Wide range of packaging solutions – Thanks to 28 production sites worldwide, the Lacroix Group now produces over 2 billion packages annually. Lacroix has state-of-the-art, high-performance production equipment. To optimize flexibility and responsiveness, services and know-how are offered from a single source: product research and development, design office and mechanical workshop (in-house mold design and manufacturing), in-house printing facilities (for[…]

MILK MaterialLab Lactips Lactips

Milk edible packaging film – Lactips is an edible plastic made from a milk protein base and obtained in the form of pellets. The production is based on an industrial process that allows rapid production in large quantities. The thermoplastic, water-soluble pellets dissolve in both hot and cold water and are completely degradable. They also have excellent barrier properties.[…]

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, as both human and animal needs have been fully met. Landpack uses 1,500 tons of straw per year to press it using thermal processes with steam and pressure. The stalks are preserved[…]

LAVAZZA Cookie Cup
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Cookie dough coffee cup – In 2003, 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[…]


Packaging manufacturer – For over 60 years, Legoplast has specialized in the production of packaging for a wide variety of products. Thanks to investments in research and innovation, production is among the most advanced in the industry. The company also lives up to its pioneering role when it comes to sustainability: all Legoplast products are recyclable and[…]

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[…]

LitePac Top

Paper secondary packaging for beverage multipacks – The worldwide patented carton carrier “LitePac Top” from the Black Forest packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG eliminates the need for the shrink film previously used for beverage containers and thus avoids unnecessary plastic pack by pack. The innovation developed jointly with Krones AG can revolutionize secondary packaging in the beverage segment and make an[…]


Deposit packaging for mass products – Recycling is a failing industry. A look back to the early 1960s: a revolutionary trend is taking over the United States: Plastic. For American families, a third of whom still get their milk from the milkman, plastic is a miracle package. It is lighter than glass and does not break. Unlike cardboard boxes, it[…]

Lupine Project

Material from lupins – The packaging material made from lupins was born from an idea by Icelanders 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 that[…]

MILK MaterialLab Mak Pak Nordsee

Sustainable 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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Innovative 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 introduces the first beverage bottle to contain plastic waste from beaches and the ocean. 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[…]

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[…]


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[…]

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[…]


Cardboard packaging solutions – MM Board & Paper GmbH is one of the world’s largest producers of coated recycled fiber based cartonboard 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 comprehensive[…]

Mondi PerFORMing

Paper bowl
With thin
Film layer
for cheese & co
– Mondi is a leading 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[…]

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 of 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.[…]

Mycelium Packaging

From mushrooms
– Grown 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 are[…]


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[…]

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! packaging
Natürlich!Verpackungen bietet eine Vielzahl an umweltfreundlichen Verpackugen auf biologischer Basis an.

Environmental Friend-
takeaway packaging
– The online store Naturally! Packaging from Nette-Papier offers environmentally friendly packaging and hygiene products, targeting large-scale commercial consumers, industry, trade and service companies. For more than 60 years, the manufacturer has been supplying organic-based packaging to restaurants, bakeries, butchers and delicatessens, as well as retail stores. #ecological #environmentally conscious #sustainability #gogreen Product name: Natürlich!VerpackungenManufacturer:[…]


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[…]


Wood cellulose compostable packaging – SUSTAINERS 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[…]

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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[…]

Noise 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[…]


Sustainable packaging solutions for the catering industry – Novapack is one of the most advanced packaging development companies in Latvia. Food packaging is the focus of the extensive range of paper, cardboard and plastic packaging, which also includes many sustainable solutions for the food service industry. More specialized items such as baking pans or cans and bottles can also be found here.[…]

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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 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

Sip of water
– NOTPLA’s edible packaging 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 the[…]

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 Beans
MILK MaterialLab Bio Beans Bio Beans

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[…]

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[…]

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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[…]


Sustainable plant-based stand-up pouches – GeoBags are 100% vegetable based without petroleum. They comply with international compost standards and are accepted wherever there are municipal collection points for organic waste. The smooth-surface pouches are easy to open and reseal, providing consumer convenience and portion control. With the ability to include extras such as one-way valves, custom windows and zippers,[…]


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

First 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[…]

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.[…]

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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 packaging solutions – Evergreen Packaging’s plant-based packaging solutions offer a sustainable alternative to traditional petroleum-based packaging, helping 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 required can be saved compared[…]

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[…]

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 Food

Labels for food products – 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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]


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[…]

Roncalli Circus chocolates

Praline packaging without plastic tray – A lot of circus about sustainability or an artistic tour de force in terms of packaging? Circus Roncalli has come up with something very special for its 45th anniversary: delicious chocolates in the shape of Roncalli’s trademark hot air balloon. The varieties are, of course, typical of the circus: “popcorn” and “roasted almond”, made[…]

S.E. Packaging group

Packaging manufacturer – 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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]


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[…]

MILK MaterialLab TheShellWorks EdJones InsiyaJafferjee AmirAfshar AndrewEdwards

Bioplastic from lobster shells – Shellworks makes a sustainable bioplastic from discarded lobster shells. Four designers, Ed Jones, Insiya Jafferjee, Amir Afshar and Andrew Edwards of the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, developed several machines that produce the paper-like material from marine debris. The chitin contained in the shells is a fibrous biopolymer, which is obtained by[…]


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[…]


Signature Paper Touch Surface Pouch – This bag features its signature paper touch surface. It combines the feel and look of paper with the strength of film. It is also 100% recyclable and available in rolls or pre-made bags. The good heat resistance predestines it for molding, filling and sealing applications. Surface printing with protective overprint varnish is possible. Also[…]

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
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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[…]

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: Smolproducts Manufacturer: Smol ltd.[…]

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[…]


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[…]

Styrofoam decomposing mealworms
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, yogurt pots or cable insulation. In a test trial, the worms ate the material completely – about 40 mg per[…]

Styrofoam® Ccycled™ coolers

– – 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.[…]

MILK MaterialLab Sulapac Sulapac

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®[…]

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,[…]


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[…]

Syntegon – FibreForm®Paper

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[…]


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 Straw
MILK MaterialLab The Straw Loliware

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[…]


Specialist for environmentally compatible packaging solutions – THIMM produces cardboard packaging for food and beverages. The manufacturer not only offers its customers a wide variety of packaging solutions, but also an all-round package worthy of the name – from optimum protection to ensuring safe transport and maintaining sustainability aspects. The certified foodWave® and foodWave® | heatproof packaging are designed for 100%[…]


Tin cans and tins – Tinmen United is a professional tin can and can making factory. The experienced team of in-house product designers develops the molds together with the customer to realize the respective design visions without third parties. The high throughput of 5 million pieces per month guarantees that customer-specific requirements can be met efficiently. #tin #alupackaging #embossed[…]


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 fibers

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 vegan 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[…]

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 collaborated to develop a new cook-in-the-pouch solution that offers consumer convenience thanks to its wide opening and markings inside 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 meals for[…]


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[…]

Trendsetting barrier packaging

FlexiblePackaging Solutions – AR Packaging specializes in flexible barrier materials for refrigerated foods, hard cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, dry mixes and coffee. The materials counteract food waste, are lightweight and optimize logistical processes. In this way, sensitive products can be packaged, protected and distributed in a way that conserves resources, is cost-effective and has a longer[…]


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[…]


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

Packaging manufacturer – UPM Specialty Papers is the pioneer in sustainable packaging for recyclable and renewable paper-based materials. The natural fiber-based materials offer endless possibilities for individual branding – and for keeping the environmental footprint of packaging as low as possible. UPM uses only raw materials from sustainably managed forests to produce its innovative papers for the[…]

Vanish PCR

Sustainable no label look labels – With VanishTM PCR, UPM Raflatac introduces 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[…]


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[…]


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[…]


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[…]

MILK MaterialLab WikiCell David Edwards

Edible packaging
From fruits
– Originally conceived as an experiment, Harvard professor David Edwards’ edible packaging allows consumers to consume a wide variety of foods with less waste. The Gelatine WikiCells membrane shell is an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional plastic packaging due to its natural ingredients such as alginate and chitosan, as well as its plant-based additives. By[…]

Wine Matters

Paper labels
From grape marc
– With Wine Matters, Ludovica Cantarelli uses her family’s vineyards to explore how waste streams generated during winemaking can be better utilized and positively add to the final product. The solution: the reuse of grape marc. Through a new artisan process, the grape skins and branches become an aesthetic packaging for the wine. Pressing the[…]

Aufgeschäumte Milch fließt in einen ganz besonderen Kaffeebecher: Den essbaren von Wisefood.

Edible takeaway equipment – Eat up instead of throwing away: Wisefood offers a sustainable alternative to disposables with edible cutlery and tableware. The company, which emerged from a student project, started with an edible drinking straw, the SUPERHALM. The alternative to the plastic straw is made from grain and apple fiber – a by-product of apple juice production[…]

MILK MaterialLab Insulated Packaging Woolcool

Wool insulation packing – Woolcool’s Insulated Food Delivery Box Sets are environmentally friendly boxes with built-in wool insulation. Fleece inserts, which are filled with 100% wool, ensure a constant temperature inside the sturdy box. Available in six different sizes, Woolcool Packagings can be reused or recycled after use. They are suitable for foods such as meat, cheese, chocolate[…]

YES Straws
MILK MaterialLab YES Straws

Sustainable straws – YES Straws are made from wheat and sugar cane straws, making them 100% plant-based. The stalks are cleaned and sterilized using the company’s proprietary technology process. For this purpose, the use of chlorine is dispensed with and a high-temperature steam is used. The reeds are sourced from the Poltava region of Ukraine, one of[…]

Zero economy meal tray

Packaging concept for flight catering – British design consultancy PriestmanGoode, as part of the research project “Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink.” developed solutions for the waste generated by air travel – as much as 5.7 million tons of cabin waste per year. The results of the agency, which specializes in the transportation sector, were presented in 2019. The focus of[…]

Zero Takeaway Packaging

Takeaway concept – London-based design studio PriestmanGoode’s new concepts show how it is possible to reduce the huge amounts of plastic packaging used in takeaway food deliveries. The project is the latest in a series of concepts the studio has developed to show how design thinking can help address some of the big problems of everyday life[…]

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