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Think Moulded Fibre

Moulded fibre is manufactured from paper-based material, such as newspaper, that meets sustainable protection and marketing requirements.

Hartmann Moulded Fibre Packaging

  • Performs well on all machine types
  • Always high-quality packaging with no variation
  • Excellent product protection
  • Smooth surface for better colours or direct print
  • Opportunities for creative label design for advertising space
Ten Good Reasons for Moulded Fibre
  • Recyclable
    Moulded fibre is 100% recyclable. Plastic is not.

  • Renewable
    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.

  • Biodegradable
    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.

  • Savings
    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.

  • Saleability
    Various carton shapes and colours with high-quality print and graphics attract consumers. Plastic does not allow high-quality direct printing.

  • Sustainability
    Environmental friendliness is a key differentiator for moulded fibre over plastics.

  • Reliability
    Retailers and consumers see moulded fibre as more robust and stable than plastic.

How come we eat our own plastic trash?

Current plastic production is 360 million tonnes a year. 40% of that is used for packaging.
That means 144 million tonnes of plastic was thrown out in 2018! So where does all that trash go? 

You can find the answer to this question and more in our film.

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.

Further information can be found at the EMFA (European Moulded Fibre Association) or at the IMFA (International Moulded Fibre Association).

Contact a Hartmann Specialist
Please contact us if you would like to know more about our approach to sustainability and our formal commitments.

Nirleen Gill

Marketing and Sustainability Manager

Mobile 226 208 0047

Phone 519 750 7351