Mark Lancelott, sustainability and circular economy expert at PA Consulting, is quoted in Circular's article on sustainable packaging. The article discusses different industrial approaches, posing a pertinent question what new packaging solutions mean for the circular economy.
Mark talks about various bio-material solutions which are among the growing trends in packaging, providing examples of PA Consulting's work in this area.
- Alginates and seaweeds - an example of this is PA's work with Skipping Rock Labs and start-up Notpla on Ooho to create a flexible, 100 per cent biodegradable, edible drink container which is made from seaweed.
- Pulp, including wood pulp, sugarcane, bagasse and bamboo fibres - PA's work with Swedish start-up Pulac uses a dry-pulp-forming process that turns paper pulp into rigid structures that can replace single-use plastic at a lower cost.
- Chitin and bioplastics, such as polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) - chitin is a natural polymer which can be extracted from the shells of crustaceans and molluscs, which can be transformed into tiny filaments called nanofibrils. These can be used to develop compostable bioplastics that offer a more sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived plastics.