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Bpacks has launched innovative Bark-Based Packaging Technology

by | Apr 4, 2024

Bpack is a sustainable packaging startup company and they recently made the announcement that they have launched an innovative bark-based packaging technology. This technology effectively replaces seamlessly plastic materials and it also displays multiple other benefits.

The first noticeable benefit is that the new materials involved easily and efficiently integrate with current equipment, which can be used for a variety of rigid plastic packaging production. This is excellent within the packaging industry, but it is also excellent for the company’s aim. Their aim is to drive forwards the shift from plastic to eco-packaging which is occurring. It is incredibly important that this shift is occurring now, as the new policy directives being set out by the European Union, have now stated that the shift from plastic to biodegradable packaging must occur within the next five years.

The center in which this transition is taking place is Bpack’s R&D center, which measures three hundred square meters and which is located in Belgrade, Serbia. This center is able to produce both finished packaging and granules which act as substitutes for plastic pellets. These pellets are able to act as substitutes,  because the bark-based pellets’ production process is incredibly similar to the production process of polymers. Furthermore, the substitute pellets process does not need capital investment to allow it to begin molding, as the process is so similar to that of plastic production.

The process that Bpack uses begins by compounding, then the creation of pellets or sheets occurs and the process finishes with the casting of the solid packaging. This final step is performed through the technique of injection molding or thermoforming. Due to the way it is manufactured, it is expected that the packaging material is able to decompose when it is in moist soil and this process will be completed within one to two months. Although PLA or PBAT have been known to decompose as well, the difference with the Bark-based material, is that when it decomposes it transforms into compost within a week whilst it is within an active environment and then it goes on to enrich the compost through providing it with valuable nutrients.

There are multiple benefits that come along with the production of this kind of material, for example, Bpack is able to ensure that through using the waste material from wood production to manufacture the product, the forest resources are not further strained. This means that Bpack is able to ensure that their packaging solution is not only compostable, but is also environmentally friendly. Another benefit is that through the use of particular types of bark, Bpack has found a way to reduce their carbon emissions even further and this is an extremely significant reduction in comparison to plastic production processes.

Co-founder and CEO of Bpacks, Mikhail Skalkin, commented, “Traditional bio packaging often struggles to compete with its plastic counterparts in terms of pricing and integration complexity. Our bio-based plastic substitute can be manufactured using existing plastic production equipment, eliminating the need for plastic factories to purchase new equipment. This facilitates overcoming the market penetration challenges that most sustainable packaging startups are facing. Moreover, our packaging is 100% bio-based, with up to 75% of materials sourced from production waste. We also utilize pre-owned equipment, which helps decrease our CO2 emissions.”

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