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A bio-composite made up of totally renewable and biodegradable components

News International-French

31 Jul 2014

Södra, the Swedish forestry specialist, and James Cropper, Britain’s paper and technical fibre innovators join forces to establish strong, durable and degradable DuraPulp in the international marketplace.

A paper product that can carry the weight of an adult and be composted within 100 days has emerged from Sweden to compete as a lightweight, sustainable alternative to plastic. DuraPulp is the subject of a new partnership between Södra and 169 year old paper and technical fibres manufacturer James Cropper PLC.

The potential of DuraPulp has brought the two, global leaders in pulp and technical fibre innovation together to develop applications for the bio-composite material and stimulate interest amongst other pioneering, environmentally-minded manufacturers to integrate it into packaging and product design. James Cropper PLC. and Södra’s agreement is exclusive to premium markets, aiming to further establish DuraPulp in sectors such as luxury fashion, cosmetics, automotive and interior design sectors in a broad, international campaign.

The blend of carefully selected wood fibres and renewable, non-fossil based biopolymer can be heat pressed to take on any rigid form, or used as a sheet where there is a requirement for high tearing and bend tolerance or air permeability. Unlike other composite products, DuraPulp is believed to be the only one available where the primary content is pulp fibre and draw on 100% renewable resources, while remaining completely biodegradable.

Initially borne of research by Swedish scientific research institute, Innventia, Södra has explored the adaptability of DuraPulp in a series of design-led commissions, including a paper-thin, waterproof chair, moulded packaging to cradle delicate objects in transit and an electric desk lamp. Its biodegradability has been embraced as a feature, being made into a seed pod from which plants will grow after the fibre has perished, proving that DuraPulp exists not only as the fibre of product packaging, but of the product itself.

James Cropper PLC includes not only its specialist paper and converting company, a bespoke paper and packaging supplier to the biggest names in the luxury goods market, but also sister company, Technical Fibre Products (TFP). TPF provides customised non-woven solutions for use in areas such as fire protection and aviation and it is this breadth of experience and capability that is expected to push DuraPulp into exciting, unchartered territories.

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