In cooperation with EMFA - the European Moulded Fibre Association of the leading moulded fibre manufacturers in Europe - Hartmann has conducted an Life Cycle Assessment of 1 kg European Grey Moulded Fibre. The results show a clear environmental benefit for moulded fibre packaging.
The LCA conducted is carried out in accordance with the international standards for LCA, 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 use to transports, from product use to recycling and energy recovery.
Through the LCA we have compiled data for the key environmental advantages of moulded fibre:
- End-of-life options as bio-based fuel, incineration
- Carbon footprint value
On the raw material side, moulded fibre is in a good position as it is made out of renewable wood fibre. Moulded fibre packaging is made of recovered paper. The material has been used at least once before and can be used several times again.
The material in grey moulded fibre packaging is renewable. At the end of its lifecycle the moulded fibre decomposes and re-enters the natural cycle.
Moulded fibre packages can be reused, recycled, composted or incinerated for energy. All of these are sustainable ways to dispose of a moulded fibre package. In addition almost all communities currently have at least one of these options available.
Download the EMFA LCA summary (pdf)