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05.01.2020
Packaging

Packaging

 

DATA & FACTS

Sector: 
Paper, Packaging

Renewable resource: 
1/3 Grass fibres, 2/3 wood fibres, beeswax

Participating companies:
 
Apomore GmbH

Bioeconomy factor:
renewable raw materials from regional agriculture, completely compostable

Status:
in the market

What is inside?
Copyright: 
BIOCOM | pixabay
Wiesengras

Shopping at the fresh produce counter involves a lot of plastic waste: composite material made of paper and plastic film. Sometimes, cheese, meat and sausage are wrapped in paper and placed in a thin plastic bag to which the receipt is attached.

Perfect closed loop

A young Swabian company presented a possible alternative with the Bee-Paper. The greenish-yellowish sturdy paper consists exclusively of the renewable raw materials grass, wood and beeswax. Its production not only saves water and energy. No chemicals are used and CO2 emissions are reduced due to the shorter transport routes for raw materials. Once the paper has done its job, it can be disposed of in the biowaste bin or on the compost (preferably with wrapped bio-waste). It turns into compost without residue.

Sustainable and environmentally friendly

The grass for Bee-Paper grows on compensation areas which are legally required for large construction projects. The species-rich flower meadows are mowed two to three times a year. The meadows are a habitat for insects, birds and small mammals. Since the grass grows tall and lignifies until mowing, the resulting hay is not suitable as animal feed.

The production of beeswax in Germany is still not sufficient to use Bee-Paper throughout the country's retail sector. But who knows: Activities such as the petition for a referendum Save the Bees in Bavaria in spring 2019 could lead to the number of bee colonies growing again and increase beeswax production.

Ready for the market

Although the product cannot yet replace plastic cling film in terms of quantity, it is a possible alternative: the completely compostable natural product meets the high hygiene standards in the food sector and keeps food fresh for longer.

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