(PRESS RELEASE) HELSINKI, 25-Apr-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Ahlstrom-Munksjö makes possible for the food industry to provide consumers an alternative to single-use plastic straws with the launch of its new fiber-based solution for drinking paper straws, CelluStraw™.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö provides solutions that make the end product more sustainable. Making use of renewable materials that are alternatives to non-renewables. The launch of CelluStraw™ is a good example of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s capabilities in sustainable fiber-based solutions.
Brian Oost, VP Product Management and Marketing Food Packaging, Specialties Business Area said: “Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s CelluStraw™ solution has been specially designed to address the emerging initiatives to phase out single-use plastic straws. Paper-based materials will enable key players of the food industry, such as fast-food chains, to demonstrate their high level of commitment to better protection of the environment, while continuing to offer a convenient drinking experience to consumers.”
CelluStraw™ is made of responsibly sourced natural fibers, is renewable, biodegradable and safe for food contact. The CelluStraw™ offering consists of specialty paper grades developed for the inner and outer plies of paper straws. CelluStraw™ runs particularly well on high-speed converting machines. Its high wet-strength and mechanical resistance delivers good product integrity, ensuring paper straws remain in excellent condition once converted and will withstand in liquids for a sufficient time. It is recommended for cold drink end-uses.
Robyn Buss, VP Sales and Marketing, North America Specialty Solutions commented: “Since our North American plants have joined forces with Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s global platform, we are better aligned to support these types of sustainability initiatives. For the paper straw market, we operate a global technology platform with sites located in Europe and the United States, and this collaboration is just another example of the business synergy potential we plan to realize.”