FINLAND, Turku. Utilising wood-based packaging plastics is a step towards carbon neutrality for an entire food chain. This is the aim of HKScan’s Zero Carbon climate plan. The company’s co-operative partners in this venture include the wood-based plastics developer Woodly Oy and packaging film producer Wipak.
To replace its fossil plastics, HKScan is working co-operatively with Woodly Oy, a Finnish company developing a new type of plastic based on wood cellulose. As a result of this co-operation, the meat processor will be the first company to have exclusive rights to use the wood-based Woodly plastics in the meat product category in Finland. The company will utilise the plastics on select grilling sausage packages during the coming summer.
The main raw component in Woodly materials, namely coniferous cellulose, comes from certified, sustainably managed coniferous forests. The renewable aspect of the material makes it a viable option to replace packaging materials made from fossil ingredients. Packaging film made from Woodly materials is manufactured and converted for HKScan’s use by Wipak, a company operating as part of Wihuri Group in Finland. Woodly-based packaging materials are recycled as plastics.