An interdisciplinary team of researchers, developers, engineers, market researchers, inventors and strategists is working on sustainable solutions for the packaging sector. We see this as a huge challenge, as packaging has become an integral part of our daily lives. To meet our goal, packaging must fulfill several functions: It must provide good protection and be easy to transport and store, while also meeting secondary requirements such as allowing identification and information functions.
Our task is to develop sustainable materials from wood that fulfill all these functions while also being suitable for industrial processing.
Consumers regard packaging as especially sustainable if it is biodegradable and made of recycled or recyclable materials. And that is exactly why Technikum Laubholz focuses on the development of biobased and biodegradable foils, and on formed fiber parts in the blister packaging sector.
Both sectors also require the material to be functionalized with respect to sealability, puncture resistance, ductility, printability and barrier layers, while maintaining the environmentally conscious approach. The right type of barrier is important, as it is the only way to ensure longer shelf life for foodstuffs. The problem is urgent as about one third of all food produced for human consumption is thrown away. In high-income regions, this is largely due to wastage during processing, distribution and consumption. Sustainable packaging greatly reduces food waste, while at the same time thus preventing unnecessary CO2 emissions.
TLH will also take a holistic approach to the sustainable procurement of resources and optimization of manufacturing technologies. We are supported in this area through extensive regional networking with universities, institutes, arboriculturists and processing plant suppliers.