Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches fiber-based paper straws
Ahlstrom-Munksjö has launched CelluStraw, a new fiber-based solution for drinking paper straws, enabling the food industry to provide consumers an alternative to single-use plastic straws.
“Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s CelluStraw solution has been specially designed to address the emerging initiatives to phase out single-use plastic straws. Paper-based materials will enable key players of the food industry, such as fast-food chains, to demonstrate their high level of commitment to better protection of the environment, while continuing to offer a convenient drinking experience to consumers.” said Brian Oost, vice president product management and marketing food packaging, specialties business area at Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
The CelluStraw consists of specialty paper grades respectively developed for the inner and outer plies of paper straws. CelluStraw runs well on high-speed converting machines. Recommended for cold drink end uses, its high wet-strength and mechanical resistance delivers good product integrity, ensuring the straws remain in excellent condition once converted and will withstand in liquids for a sufficient time.
CelluStraw is made of responsibly sourced natural fibers, is renewable, biodegradable and safe for food contact.
“Since our North American plants have joined forces with Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s global platform, we are better aligned to support these types of sustainability initiatives,” said Robyn Buss, vice president sales and marketing, North America Specialty Solutions. “For the paper straw market, we operate a global technology platform with sites located in Europe and the United States, and this collaboration is just another example of the business synergy potential we plan to realise.”