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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. Unfortunately, less than 15% of polystyrene foam and plastic is recycled; often leading to lower quality plastic with limited usability.

  • 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 undergoes a degradation process by the action of naturally occurring microorganisms. Along with all plant-based materials, it slowly breaks down into organic components until they are able to be consumed on a microscopic level. It takes a long time for plastic to disintegrate. Otherwise it is incinerated along with other non-recyclable waste.

  • Less waste
    Recycling saves precious resources and lowers emissions and waste disposal. Plastic and polystyrene impacts precious resources.
  • Protective Packaging
    Unlike plastics, moulded fibre cushions, protects and absorbs shocks due to its ability to compress. Having well protected eggs in moulded fibre cartons means less eggs are damaged in the transportation and distribution process. Less damages mean also less food waste.

  • Absorbs Moisture
    Prevents condensation and mould on eggshells. Plastic and polystyrene are 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 and polystyrene foam. By selling eggs in moulded fibre packaging producers make the world more sustainable for many years to come. 

  • Consumer Preferences
    Ongoing surveys show: Moulded fibre egg packaging is the clear favourite compared to all other materials.

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).