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Food waste, food loss and the role of packaging

Food waste, food loss and the role of packaging

2 billion people in the world are obese. 800 million people go to bed hungry. 30% of all food produced is lost or wasted before being consumed. And, the population is growing. Something needs to be done. What can companies do and what is the role of packaging in making sure that food safely reaches the consumer and stays fresh as long as possible?

Guests on this episode: to Helén Williams, lecturer in environment and energy systems at Karlstad University, Sweden and Alexi Ernstoff, Project Manager for the programme ‘FReSH’ – Food Reform for Sustainability and Health, run jointly by World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the EAT foundation.


E-commerce and the environment

E-commerce and the environment

E-commerce is taking off in a big way. But is it more environmentally friendly than doing your shopping in the store? It definitely has the potential to be, but return rates and the last mile of transportation are parameters that complicates the equation. E-retailers are getting increasingly environmentally aware and are looking for clever packaging from renewable materials.

Hear Professor Hannu Saarijärvi, Professor of service and retailing at Tampere university and Sohrab Kazemahvazi, Director of Innovation, Stora Enso Packaging Solutions, discuss the future possibilities of e-commerce and the role of packaging. Professor Saarijärvi has done his research together with Professor Mark T. Spence with Bond University.


Carbon footprint, handprint and neutrality – what and how?

Carbon footprint, handprint and neutrality – what and how?

How do we compare the carbon footprint of a plane trip to the carbon footprint of the food we buy? Can we really live in a carbon neutral way? And, how can carbon handprint be part of the solution? In this podcast Tiina Pajula, a carbon footprint expert at the Finnish Research Institute VTT and Eliot Whittington, Programme Director from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership elaborate on these issues and causes for optimism.


Urbanisation and forests go hand in hand

Urbanisation and forests go hand in hand

More people than ever are living in cities, populations are expanding and the middle class is growing. This means increased consumption, all while the planet is warming up. Can forests be a part of the solution? Listen to Fredrik Öhrfelt, Managing Partner of the insight agency Augur and Noel Morrin, Head of Sustainability at Stora Enso, with our host Colm O’Callaghan.


The magic of cellulose

The magic of cellulose

Imagine a material made from wood that is very light, stronger than steel and can conduct electricity. Sounds far-fetched, but it’s not. In recent years, we have learnt how to break up the traditional cellulose fibre into what is called fibrils and even nanocellulose. When putting these building blocks back together, cellulose takes on new, very useful properties. Board can already be made lighter and more rigid, saving on raw material and weight for a reduced carbon footprint. In the future, there’s more we can do with Micro Fibrillated Cellulose (MFC). What about transparent or conductive paper? Or cellulose-based material stronger than steel? Speakers are Professor Orlando Rojas, Aalto University, and Heidi Saxell, R&D Manager, Sickla Innovation Centre.


The power of lignin

The power of lignin

Lignin is one of the main building blocks of a tree. It acts as the glue holding the tree together. In pulp mills it has mostly been burned for energy. But now there are new ways of making use for lignin to replace fossil materials. For instance replacing phenols for adhesives and to make carbon fibres as well as fuels and bioplastics. We are just at the beginning of the development and the future looks promising.

Per Tomani, Business Developer at the RISE research institute, and Roxana Barbieru, Director Market Application Development at Stora Enso Biomaterials discuss lignin’s future possibilities.


Nothing from a harvested tree goes to waste

Nothing from a harvested tree goes to waste

To make the most of the renewable material from the forest nothing from a harvested tree goes to waste. It‘s used for sawn wood, pulp or energy. Often parts from one single tree are used for different purposes by different end users. Even the sawdust and bark are taken care of. Listen to Stora Enso’s Jorma Länsitalo, Head of Wood Supply, and Johan Lindman, Head of Global Forest Operations, discuss how to make the most of each single tree.


Renewable Retail

Renewable Retail

What can retailers do to make the shopping experience more renewable? Consumers today want to do the right thing and retailers need to be one step ahead. Listen to Emma Hernell, senior analyst at the strategy firm United Minds and Lisa Säfwenberg, packaging developer at the Swedish food retailer Axfood.


Intelligent packaging - from brown boxes to high-tech

Intelligent packaging - from brown boxes to high-tech

A box is no longer a box anymore. With Intelligent Packaging, boxes are now having their own digital life. We speak to Eef de Ferrente of the Active & Intelligent Packaging Association and Sylvia Kaiser-Kershaw from NXP Semiconductors about the future possibilities of intelligent packaging.


Responsible tree plantations and biodiversity

Responsible tree plantations and biodiversity

Much of the raw material to the paper industry comes from tree plantations. Does that mean that biodiversity is at risk or can actually the biodiversity benefit from responsible and sustainable tree plantations? We talk to Peter Kanowski professor in Tropical Silviculture at Australian National University in Canberra and Antti Marjokorpi Head of forest plantations and land use sustainability at Stora Enso.



Stora Enso Podcast


Stora Enso's new podcast looks at the opportunities we can create from renewable materials. Global megatrends are driving consumer and customer demand, and our future. How do renewable materials fit in this changing world? With a panel of expert guests we invite you into a lively conversation hosted by Colm O'Callaghan, on a series of subjects close to our heart.


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