5 exciting, emerging sustainable packaging materials to watch in 2016: Page 4 of 5

Shane Bertsch in Packaging Design on February 24, 2016

MFC coatings on paperboard: (a) reference paper; (b) 1 g/m 2 MFC coat; (c) 1.8 g/m 2 MFC coat. Source: Aulin, Gällstedt, et al. (2010).


4. Micro-Fibrillated Cellulose (MFC) Specialty Fiber

Micro-Fibrillated Cellulose (MFC) is a unique fiber extracted from plant waste, used to strengthen and lighten fiber products sustainably. Benefits from this technology include reduced material with maintained performance, a material stronger and stiffer than glass or carbon fiber (but lighter weight), improved crack resistance and efficient rheology aid. It also provides oxygen and moister barriers. You can significantly enhance product performance with minimal additions of the material to existing substrates. For example, 1% can result in a 15% to 20% product performance improvement. Since this derived from crops—not from trees—it provides a much more competitive price point than other micro-fibrillated cellulose products.

<a href="https://www.researchgate.net/figure/230575280_fig7_Fig-9-MFC-coatings-on..."><img src="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alain_Dufresne/publication/23057528...@1448729515959/Fig-9-MFC-coatings-on-paperboard-a-reference-paper-b-1-gm-2-MFC-coat-c-18.png" alt="Fig. 9. MFC coatings on paper/board. (a) reference paper, (b) 1 g/m 2 MFC coat, (c) 1.8 g/m 2 MFC coat. *Aulin, G&auml;llstedt, et al. (2010).&nbsp;"></a>


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