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Material guide: Renewable Materials.

In our range we have several different products made from renewable materials. Examples of renewable materials are PLA (from corn starch / sugar cane), paper (from trees), and bagasse (sugar cane fibers). Learn more about the different materials in our guide below.

100% Renewable Materials.

Renewable material means raw material that comes from plants or biomass. Unlike fossil raw materials, which use oil in the prodcution of products, renewable materials form part of the biobased carbon cycle and therefore do not contribute directly to the greenhouse effect.

From an environmental point of view, renewable materials is a good long-term choice for disposables, provided that plants and forests can be grown and harvested in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner. By using renewable materials you support the development that leads to technology and market of manufacturing and recycling of alternative materials.

Examples of renewable materials are PLA (from corn starch / sugar cane), paper (from trees), and bagasse (sugar cane fibers).

PURE FIBER

The PureFiber ™ by Stora Enso food molds are made of a material called Formed Fiber. The material is produced by a unique technology where wood fiber pulp is processed and compression molded.

Products made of Formed Fiber clearly associate with an environmentally friendly, circular brand.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   100% renewable raw material

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Made in Sweden

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg    Materials are recycled as paper packaging

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg    75% lower carbon dioxide emissions compared to similar materials

 

Material: Formed Fiber
Appearance: Nature
Raw material: Wood Pulp
Temperature: -10°C to +90°C
Microwavable: No
Recyclable: Yes, as paper packaging

 

BAMBOO

Bamboo is renewable raw material with a rapid regrowth. After use the material can be recycled as paper packaging. Bamboo is a grass that does not require any chemical or pesticides during production. Bamboo binds a lot of carbon dioxide which is good for the environment.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Raw material with rapid regrowth

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   100% renawable raw material

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Can be reycled as paper packaging

Material: Bamboo
Appearance: Nature
Raw material: Bamboo
Temperature: -60°C to +100°C
Microwavable: No
Recyclable: Yes, as paper packaging

 

BAGASSE

Bagasse is the remaining fiber material that becomes over when juice from sugar cane is extracted. Bagasse products can withstand high temperatures and are great for both hot and cold dishes. After use the material in the product can be recycled as paper packaging.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  100% renewable raw material

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  Can be reycled as paper packaging

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  Withstands temperatures above 100⁰C

Material: Bagasse 
Appearance: Nature
Raw material: Sugar cane
Temperature 0°C to +100°C
Microwavable: Yes
Recyclable: Yes, as paper packaging

PALM LEAF

Palm leaf products are made from a 100% renewable and biodegradable raw material: palm leafs. They are made from fallen leafs and are picked when the leafs fall from the trees. 

The leaves are collected and placed in a water bath where they are compressed into finished products at a temperature of 120°C. No other additives or coatings are used in the preparation of the final product and every palm leaf product is unique in appearance. The material has a good stiffness and light weight. Palm lead products have heat and water repellent properties, which means that the products can be used in high temperatures.

The material is suitable for all types of foods: hot, wet and fatty foods. The products can also be used in both freezer and micro. Because the material is completely natural there is no risk that chemicals will migrate to the food.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   100% renawable raw material

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Withstands temperatures from -25⁰C up to +220⁰C

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Energy recovered by combustion

Material: Palm Leaf
Appearance: Brown / white
Raw material: Palm leaf, cultivated adacapalm
Temperature: -25°C to +220°C
Microwavable: Yes
Recyclable: Energy recovered by combustion. Material cannot be recycled.

 

WHEAT STRAW

Wheat straw is a remaining material that is left over when wheat grain are harvested. Wheat straw can then be recycled and from the material you can make paper-like products such as plates. Wheat straw products withstand high heat and are ideal for both hot and cold dishes.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  100% renewable raw material

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  Can be reycled as paper packaging

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  Withstands temperatures above 100⁰C

Material: Wheat straw
Appearance: Nature
Raw material: Wheat straw
Temperature 0°C to +100°C
Microwavable: Yes
Recyclable: Yes, as paper packaging

PAPER

Paper is classified as a renewable raw material provided that forestry is active and responsible, meaning that the forest is replanted and harvested with respect to biodiversity. Growing forests absorb carbon dioxide from the air and store the coal in trees and fields. Forests and vegetation act as nature’s own medicine against climate change.

A Nordic study from IVL shows that the use of paper in the manufacture of beverages and bags, for example, is more climatic than using glass or plastic packaging. Climatic packaging means packaging which, compared to other alternatives, has less climate impact.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   100% renewable raw material

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg    Can be reycled as paper packaging

Material: Paper with PE-coating*  
Appearance: White
Raw material: Tree
Temperature: -20°C to +90°C 
Microwavable: Yes
Renewable raw material (%):  100%
Recyclable: Yes, as paper packaging

 

Material: Papper with PLA-coating*
Appearance: White
Raw material: Tree
Temperature: 0°C to +40°C 
Microwavable: No
Renewable raw material (%):  100%
Recyclable: Yes, as paper packaging

 

Material: Papper with PP-coating*  
Appearance: White
Raw material: Tree
Temperature: -18°C to +130°C
Microwavable: Yes
Renewable raw material (%):  100%
Recyclable: Yes, as paper packaging

* It's possible to get certified paper in some product designs

RECYCLED PAPER

Recycled paper is any type of paper collected and recycled. Recycled paper is cleaned from dirt and any printed ink removed. Then the paper is dissolved up to a recycled mass which becomes a raw material for new paper and cardboard.

There may be a risk that recycled paper contains small amounts of chemical impurities from inks, glue and coatings, and possibly the paper of poorer microbiological quality. Therefore, the Swedish Food Administration recommends that recycled paper not be used in direct contact with aqueous and fat foods in high temperatures if the product has not been tested and approved for this purpose.

Recycled paper is paper made entirely or partly of recycled fiber. Mostly, recycled fiber is used in newsprint and cartons, but there are also fine paper grades made from recycled fiber.

Recycling always requires fresh fiber because fibers can only be recycled up to seven times. Repeated recycling eventually leads to shorter and weaker fibers that ultimately have to be erased during recovery. The spent fibers can then be burned and produce energy instead. (Source: SCA)

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Recycled raw material

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   100% renewable raw material

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Can be reycled as paper packaging

Appearance: White or brown
Raw material: Recycled paper
Temperature: Depends on product
Microwavable: No
Recyclable: Yes, as paper packaging

CERTIFIED PAPER

Certified forestry takes environmental values, biodiversity and ecologically valuable environments into account. The certification also protects cultural heritage and promotes long-term forestry. Today, there are two equivalent certifications on the market; FSC and PEFC.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  Renewable raw material

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  Responsible forest production

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  Can be reycled as paper packaging

Bioplastic.

PLA

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a biodegradable thermoplastic made of 100% renewable raw material. Maize starch or sugar cane are common raw materials for the production of PLA. PLA is a transparent material with a good resistance to fat.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   100% fossil free plastic

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Perfectly suited for cold foods

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Energy recovered by combustion

Material: Polylactic Acid 
Appearance: Clear
Raw material: Corn starch / sugar canes
Temperature: 0°C to +40°C 
Microwavable: No
Recyclable: Energy recovered by combustion. Material cannot be recycled.

CPLA

CPLA is chemically similar to PLA. The difference is that CPLA is crystallized, which is why CPLA can withstand higher temperatures compared to regular PLA. CPLA can withstand temperatures up to 70°C.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   100% fossil free plastic

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Perfectly suited for cold foods

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Energy recovered by combustion

Material:  Crystallized Polylactic Acid 
Appearance:  Mat white
Raw material:  Corn starch / sugar canes
Temperature:  0°C to +70°C 
Microwavable:   No
Recyclable:  Energy recovered by combustion. Material cannot be recycled.

PSM

PSM (Plastarch Material) is a biodegradable plastic consisting of partial starch and partly other degradable materials. The starch in the material has been modified to allow it to be used at high temperatures.

The characteristics of PSM are very similar to thermoplastic properties and can therefore be formed and used for packaging and other products that can be used for food.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   40-60% fossil-free plastic

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Energy recovered by combustion

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Works well for hot food up to 100°C

Mate​rial: Plastarch Material
Appearance: White / natural
Raw material: Cornstarch
Temperature: 0°C to +100°C
Microwavable: Yes
Recyclable: Energy recovered by combustion. Material cannot be recycled.

BIODOLOMER®

Biodolomer® is a mineral-filled biomaterial that is 60% fossil-free. The material is a compound between copolymer (PBAT), polylactic acid (PLA), calcium carbonate and colza oil.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   Energy recovered by combustion

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg   50% lower carbon dioxide emissions during combustion

Material: Biodolomer®
Appearance: White
Raw material: PBAT + PLA + Colza oil + Calcium carbonate
Temperature: -20°C to +90°C
Microwavable: No
Recyclable: Energy recovered by combustion. Cannot be recycled.

GREEN PE - PLASTIC MADE FROM SUGERCANE

Green HD is a HDPE plastic where 90% of the raw material comes from sugar cane and 10% from fossil fuel. HDPE (high density polyethene) is great for products that need to be durable.

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  90% fossil free plastic

gron_stjarna-v2.jpg  Can be recycled as plastic packaging 

Material: Green PE - plastic made from suger cane
Appearance: Frosted
Raw material: Suger Cane & HDPE
Temperature: -20°C to +90°C
Microwavable: No
Recyclable: Yes, as plastic packaging

Tingstad Information Symbols.

There are articles that dont have an official eco-label from a control organization, that still can be a better environmental option. For example: bags made of recycled plastic or paper, ledlamps or products made of renewable materials. Therefore, in order to help our customers, we have chosen to publish additonal relevant information about our products.

We guide you based on information from our suppliers that can help you choose more environmentally-beneficial options. We do this by using the following symbols when a product has any of the following characteristics.

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RENEWABLE RAW MATERIAL

The product is made of renewable raw material. The proportion of renewable raw material is stated in the icon.

 

RECYCLED MATERIAL

The product is made of recycled material. The proportion of recycled material is indicated in the icon.

 

RECYCLABLE

The material in the product can be recycled.

 

 

 

CERTIFIED RAW MATERIAL

The product is made of certified raw material.

 

 

 

ENERGY RECYCLING

The material in the product cannot be recycled, but energy can recovered from combustion.

 

 

LOW ENERGY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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