Moulded fibre is 100% recyclable. Plastic is not.
Made from renewable resources, moulded fibre helps to protect limited resources. Plastic is derived from non-renewable sources.
- Carbon Neutral
The raw material of moulded fibre packaging is carbon neutral. Plastic has a significant carbon footprint.
Moulded fibre packaging is biodegradable, meaning that it returns to the ecological cycle. It takes a long time for plastic to disintegrate. Otherwise it is incinerated along with other non-recyclable waste.
Recycling saves precious resources and lowers emissions and waste disposal. Plastic impacts precious resources.
- Protective Packaging
Unlike plastics, moulded fibre cushions, protects and absorbs shocks due to its ability to compress.
- Absorbs Moisture
Prevents condensation and mould on eggshells. Plastic is non-absorbent.
Environmental friendliness is a key differentiator for moulded fibre over plastics.
Life Cycle Assessment
Hartmann has conducted a life cycle assessment (LCA) of 1 kg European Grey Moulded Fibre in cooperation with EMFA – the European Moulded Fibre Association.
The results show a clear environmental benefit for moulded fibre packaging:
The life cycle assessment was carried out in accordance with the international standards EN ISO 14040 and EN ISO 14044, and includes a critical external review in line with standard requirements. This cradle-to-grave analysis of moulded fibre includes all significant processes from raw material usage to transport and from product use to recycling and energy recovery.
Moulded fibre egg packaging can be reused, recycled, composted or incinerated with energy recovery, all of which are sustainable ways of disposal available in most communities.
Ref: Hartmann Packaging