The significant and potentially dramatic impact of climate change on forests, while well understood by foresters and scientists, is frequently overlooked in mainstream discussions, said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, on Earth Day today. “Yet given the effect it will have on communities and ecosystems, we need to bring discussions about how to move towards ‘climate change adapted communities’ and ‘climate change resilient landscapes’ into the mainstream,” urged Mr. Gunneberg. “When it comes to forests and climate change, the focus tends to be on the benefits that forests and forest products provide by absorbing and storing carbon and, conversely, on carbon emissions from such deforestation,” said Mr Gunneberg, speaking from the ICF National Conference 2015 “Tree Health, Resilience & Sustainability” in Cardiff, Wales, today.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö works to create innovative products that provide high performance as well as sustainability benefits for customers and consumers. As part of the company’s continuous commitment to sustainability, CelluStraw™ papers are now BPI® certified, in addition to carrying OK compost HOME and OK compost INDUSTRIAL certifications, qualifying compostability in a home environment and in industrial facilities.
These certifications facilitate the possibility for Ahlstrom-Munksjö customers, whether converters or brand owners, to achieve their own sustainability goals. By using a scientific process, BPI officially certifies compostable products that meet ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 standards for compostability. BPI Certification proves that a material will compost in a composting facility, leaving behind no toxic residue or microplastics.
“Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s CelluStraw™ papers provide a sustainable solution to the entire globe for this necessary environmental initiative,” explained Jeff Murphy, Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Food Packaging business. “CelluStraw™ joins a wide portfolio of compostable and sustainable food and beverage solutions. Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to challenge the boundaries for how fiber-based solutions are a true sustainable alternative to other non-renewable substrates.”
The CelluStrawTM offering consists of specialty papers developed for the inner and outer plies of paper straws. CelluStrawTM runs well on high-speed converting machines, and its wet-strength and mechanical resistance deliver excellent product integrity. CelluStraw is made of responsibly sourced natural fibers and also comes with Chain of Custody Forest Certification under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), SFI®, and PEFC® certification schemes. In addition, CelluStraw™ carries BRC Food Safety Certification and meets BfR and FDA 176.170 food safety requirements for cold drink uses and is recyclable according to EN 13430 requirements and conditions.