A new bio-based packaging material, cellulose foam, is being developed and is seen to as possible replacement for fossil-based materials such as polymer foam.

A new bio-based packaging material, cellulose foam, is being developed in a collaboration of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and Apple. The new material shows good properties, e.g. resistance to compression and a uniform and small pore size. The material is recycable in the paper packaging recycling stream, and the production process is also comparatively straight forward. The developers see it could replace fossil-based materials such as polymer foam, which is often used in packaging, insulation and lightweight composites.

For more information on cellulose foam, visit the RISE website.

Image from RISE and Apples joint White paper – Cellulose foams: Sustainable solutions to replace fossil-based plastic foams.