Sustainable packaging manufacturer DS Smith, has announced that it is trialling a range of alternative materials for its paper and packaging-making process. The range of alternative fibres includes straw, daisies, hemp, cocoa shells, and seaweed. The move is part of DS Smith’s £100m R&D and Innovation plan to accelerate its work in the circular economy. The company is exploring using annual plants such as daisies and agricultural waste for their fibre properties and potential paper performance. The DS Smith Innovation Team is also experimenting with cocoa shells for carton boards in chocolate packaging and is looking at other materials with a good environmental reputation. DS Smith has been trialling novel materials with research partners, The Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), to explore how the properties of straw and seaweed could potentially work as a packaging material.
This is a broad brief with many potential alternative fibres under exploration.
This has opportunities for products across sectors.