Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Cristal™ transparent packaging papers have recently achieved BPI® compostability certification and Cristal™ heat sealable papers have additionally received a How2Recycle® label. How2Recycle® communicates the recyclability of a package – a standardized program built to comply with legal guidance, such as the US Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides – and reduces confusion by creating a clear, straightforward label that enables brands to convey to consumers how to dispose of a package. The system provides reliability, completeness, and transparency for recyclability claims. “We are proud that our Cristal™ products, both transparent papers and transparent heat seal packaging products, recently passed Western Michigan University’s testing protocol for recyclability,” said Zack Leimkuehler, Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Technical Solutions business. “Achieving BPI® compostability certification, in addition to adding the How2Recycle® label, offers our customers and the marketplace yet another fiber-based solution to reduce traditional non-renewable substrates in packaging engineering.”
Red Leaf Pulp Ltd., developer of a proprietary low-carbon pulping process, and Valmet, Ltd. have signed a long-term Teaming Agreement to exclusively collaborate and pursue commercialization of Red Leaf’s innovative ag-based pulping process in North America, employing Valmet’s fiberline and other value-added equipment.
Red Leaf’s initial plant in Regina Saskatchewan is expected to start commercial production in 2023 and will have the capacity to produce 600 tonnes per day of market pulp from waste wheat straw collected and aggregated from local producers.
“We are pleased to partner with Valmet in developing this new pathway for ag-feedstock pulp. The technology has been successfully proven through piloting at Valmet’s Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall, Sweden and will comfortably scale to achieve strong financial returns.” said Martin Pudlas, CEO of Red Leaf Pulp. “Valmet’s team has been terrific to work with and their technical capability and equipment options are second to none. We appreciate the confidence shown in our process and our team, and look forward to completing final feasibility and project finance with Valmet’s invaluable support.”
“The growth of ag-feedstock pulp processing in North America is an exciting development for the pulp and paper industry, with many positive impacts to sustainable business,” adds Drew Humphries, Vice President, Pulp & Energy – North America for Valmet. “Red Leaf Pulp is a very innovative Company and we are proud to combine our expertise with them towards the success of this effort.”