US company Michelman becomes part of IMFA for sustainable packaging

March 23, 2021 - United States Of America

With a view to promote sustainable packaging solutions for a circular economy, Michelman has become part of the International Molded Fibre Association (IMFA), which advocates use of molded fibre products for environmental sustainability. Michelman’s barrier coatings help improve fibre-based packaging’s functionality while managing its end-of-life.

Explains Rick Michelman, Michelman’s chief technology officer and EVP, Americas and Printing and Packaging, “We want to help transition the industry into more sustainable packaging. Our barrier coatings help improve fibre-based packaging’s functionality and performance while managing its end-of-life.”

The company has been opening new markets for paper and film packaging ever since creating first repulpable water-based coating over 50 years ago. Its current barrier and functional coatings for paper and film make it possible to develop recyclable, repulpable, and industrially compostable packaging.

Michelman continues, “Because IMFA’s members include manufacturers of molded fibre products, industry suppliers, and service providers, Michelman has surrounded itself with like-minded organisations that will help accelerate the pace of product innovations for molded fibre applications.”

Like molded fibre, Michelman’s water-based coatings offer opportunities to increase sustainable practices, reduce waste, and deliver product performance using fewer raw materials, with repulpable, recyclable, compostable, and renewably-sourced options.