Renewable materials for eco-friendly lifestyles

The quick reference guide below exemplifies how products made from Stora Enso’s renewable materials can help solve common lifestyle challenges for today's eco-aware consumers.

Wooden interior

The challenge: Making buildings more sustainable

Building with wood is a key success factor in the fight against climate change, as long as the forests where the wood is harvested are managed sustainably. Trees and wood-based products store carbon, keeping it out of our atmosphere. Wooden buildings are no exception, and store carbon over periods of many years. Wood is also five times lighter than concrete, meaning easier transportation and less materials required in building foundations.

Example solution: Building Concepts by Stora Enso

  • Carbon emissions can be cut by up to 75% using wood as a construction material
  • Up to 70% faster construction times can be achieved
  • Wooden buildings improve health and well-being due to better indoor climate, air quality and thermal performance

The challenge: Reducing unnecessary plastic in food & drink packaging

Renewable packaging materials, such as paperboard can be used to safeguard most food and beverage products on our supermarket shelves that today are packed in fossil-based materials, for example juice containers, cottage cheese tubs and glass milk bottles.

Example solution: Natura by Stora Enso 

  • Made from wood, a renewable natural resource, and widely recycled
  • Construction allows for lower package weight
  • Leader in product protection
Milk carton
Biocomposite chair

The challenge: Replacing fossil-based with bio-based materials

A composite material is a material that is made using two or more constituent materials. In a biocomposite, one or more of these materials is from bio-based origins, for example wood fibers. Biocomposites can be used to reduce or fully replace fossil-based materials in everyday products such as furniture, toys and household utensils.

Example solution: DuraSense by Stora Enso

  • Can replace most general-purpose plastics without losing properties
  • Offers mouldability of plastics and strength /sustainability of wood with up to 80% reduced CO2 footprint
  • Available in different grades ranging from 30% to 98% renewable raw materials content

The challenge: Reducing plastic in oceans

Fresh fish requires waterproof and leakproof packaging, as it is often packed with ice. This type of packaging generally contains high levels of plastics such as styrofoam and polystyrene, which can pose an environmental hazard if they end up in the ocean. The same type of packaging can however be made from corrugated board.

Example solution: Ecofishbox by Stora Enso

  • Complete solution for sustainable fish packaging, that can be fit into existing EPS workflows
  • Can reduce environmental impact on surface waters
  • 7 times less transport/storage space due to “flat-pack” solution
Man with box
Food carton

The challenge: Replacing plastic trays in ready meals

It’s not necessary for microwaveable ready-meal packaging to be made only of plastic. Up to 90% of the plastic in these packages can be replaced with renewable wood fiber. As long as forests are managed sustainably, this significantly reduces the environmental impact of ready-meal packaging.

Example solution: Trayforma by Stora Enso

  • Highly formable and convertible, enabling brand differentiation
  • Environmentally friendly alternative to plastic and foil trays
  • Sustainable and renewable, with FSC and PEFC certification

The challenge: Reducing unnecessary plastics in retail and supply chain

Plastics have become such an integral part of our lives that we often don’t see the extent to which we are surrounded by them. One example of this is RFID tags – the commonly plastic-based tags that are used for example to track products during transit and manage clothing stocks. Manufacturing these small tags from renewable materials instead of plastic can make a big difference in reducing unnecessary plastic usage.

Example solution: ECO RFID by Stora Enso 

  • 100% paper-based RFID label, with no plastic layers and harmful chemicals
  • Lowers material, production and shipping costs
  • Simple, high-speed and cost-efficient manufacturing
RFID tag
Box for e-commerce

The challenge: Reducing unnecessary packaging waste

The way the world buys and tries products has gone through an enormous transformation over the past few years. Much of our shopping is done online, meaning a lot more packaging used to send and return purchases. This has turned our focus towards the environmental footprint of packaging – and the question of how packaging design can help reduce waste. Fortunately, solutions are at hand for online retailers.

Example solution: e-TALES by Stora Enso

  • Corrugated boxes that are ideal to re-use for returns and can be re-sized by the consumer to accommodate fewer articles being sent back
  • Double hot melt glue strips for easy seal and return – no need for tape/straps
  • Non-plastic filling materials

The challenge: Making textiles and clothing more sustainable

Demand for textiles is at an all-time high due to population growth and increasing disposable incomes, with 70% of textiles currently made from petroleum-based fibers. What’s more, recycling of textiles is at a low level. There are however a number of renewable textiles emerging. Viscose for example is a textile made from renewable natural fibers that come from trees in the form of dissolving pulp.

Example solution: Pure by Stora Enso (dissolving pulp)

  • Lower water requirements than cotton production, less land requirements than wool
  • Versatile and blends easily with other fibers
  • Provides a breathable, soft, natural feel to fabric with excellent colour retention
Textile
Lignin powder

The challenge: Reducing use of fossil-based chemicals

Non-renewable and hazardous materials are not always visible to the naked eye. For example, phenols are fossil-based chemicals used in the production of resins, which are used as adhesive binders. Phenols can be replaced with renewable, bio-based materials like lignin, which is extracted from wood. Lignin has a similar performance to phenols but is non-toxic and more environmentally friendly.

Example solution: Lineo by Stora Enso

  • Can cut carbon footprint by as much as 90% compared to phenol-based alternatives
  • Traceable origin and stable cost structure
  • Non-toxic, renewable material that can replace materials made from fossil-fuels

The challenge: Reducing volumes of single-use plastics

Single-use plastics, such as on-the-go food-packs and cutlery represent a major challenge in combatting plastic pollution. National and local governments around the world are taking various measures in this respect, the EU directive on single-use plastics being one of the most visible actions. Under the directive, cutlery, plates and straws made of plastic will be banned, along with polystyrene food and drink containers. What luck then that all of these items can be made from renewable, wood-based materials instead!

Example solution: Foodbox by Stora Enso

  • Food-safe, taste and odour neutral
  • Multilayer construction for lightweight yet strong product
  • Perfect for folded trays and food on-the-go
box for food