“With micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) we will be able to replace plastic materials in the future. We want to introduce a notable percentage of MFC into some plastics. This is not just good from an environmental perspective, it could also make the material stronger.
“Additionally, when you make MFC and dry it out you can create a thin film, a wrapping which works perfectly as a barrier against gases like air as well as aromas, but even grease and oil. We could potentially start replacing aluminium foil in long shelf-life packages and reduce the carbon footprint. We’re still in the development phase and working on how to make it on a larger scale.
“We’re only at the beginning of exploring the possibilities of MFC. It’s a great motivator to be amongst the first working with this and hopefully it will revolutionise the industry.” Henri Kastinen, MFC Specialist, Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Packaging in Helsinki.