In operation since/from: 2021
Creapaper provides the paper industry with a new, patented raw material, grassfiber. Grassfiber is converted into grasspaper and further into ecological consumer products or packaging. Grassfiber is processed in an IP protected, specialised, purely mechanical way without any chemicals. This procedure is highly energy- and resource-efficient. Only 2 litres of water and 0.2 MWh energy are needed for the production of one tonne grassfiber which is over 90% less than what is needed to produce traditional wood pulp. Grassfiber is free of harmful substances and certified for food contact.
Now Creapaper introduces own grasspaper products with the goal to substitute single-use plastics, especially drinking straws, coffee-to-go-cups and bags. For high performance packaging and bags, they are developing a 100% wood free material based on a combination of textile waste and grass which will be suitable for multi-use thus adding to circular economy goals. With more than 50 pilot projects with ecofriendly grasspaper products Creapaper has already realised a presence with brand owners, supermarket chains and retailers, among them DUNI, REWE, ALDI, EDEKA and IKEA.
Today they can meaningfully supplement almost anything made from pulp with grassfiber and thus save trees. Their paper products are excellent for finishing and printing, have an impact on active climate protection and show sustainability at first glance. CO2 emissions are reduced by 75% compared to the production of wood pulp.
Success Factor | Hero Moment
The initializing moment was to take the first bow made of grass fiber and fresh fiber - self-drawn - in hands and to continuously refine this paper product. The first products strengthened the self-confidence and showed that they were – and still are - on the right track to replace virgin fiber pulp to a large extent, thus achieving greater sustainability in paper production. Next step had been the first machine testing at Renker, which showed the possibility of industrial use. Surely one of the most outstanding “hero moments” had
been the presentation of the IKU-prize (Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment) in 2018. The German Federal Ministry of the Environment honors industrially usable innovations that protect the environment and climate every two years. Testing in the top discipline, the tissue segment, was another highlight.
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