Smurfit Kappa launches biodegradable alternative for agricultural sector

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Agropaper will eventually biodegrade as a compost into the ground

Packaging company Smurfit Kappa has introduced a renewable and compostable paper to replace plastic in the agricultural sector.

Agropaper was designed to replace the plastic material used by many farmers for ‘mulching’ when growing vegetables.

Mulching is when material, traditionally polythene, is put on the ground to improve the soil around plants, maintain land temperatures and prevent weeds from growing.

The polythene is difficult and costly to remove and leaves behind small fragments which are eaten by animals whereas Agropaper will eventually biodegrade as a compost into the ground.

Smurfit Kappa and Sangüesa Paper Mills worked with the INTIA (a research centre for agrifood technology in Spain) to develop the paper, which uses long pine fibres from sustainably managed forests.

Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper Europe, said: “We believe we have a responsibility to respond to the challenge facing the environment and society as a whole today by developing the paper and packaging solutions of the future.

“AgroPaper is an example of a truly circular product that solves a critical issue for many farmers and opens up a world of possibilities.”

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