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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Sustainable Paper Manufacturing Solutions out of 486
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 486 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 manufacturing startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 481 sustainable paper manufacturing solutions, get in touch.
envoPAP produces Sustainable Paper Packaging Material
Conventional paper-based packaging material requires trees to be processed for pulp, which is why this method is not sustainable. Leveraging alternative material for making paper and paper-based packaging products decreases the pressure on natural resources that are already reducing at an alarming rate. To this end, startups develop eco-friendly solutions that exhibit the properties of paper and also enable a circular economy.
British startup envoPAP produces sustainable and eco-friendly paper products from sugarcane waste. The startup offers paper products that range from 60-120 GSM, have a high rate of ink absorption, and are available in reels and sheets. Moreover, the startup uses the raw material that is clean and does not require any purification unlike recycled paper. All the products in the company’s portfolio are 100% recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable.
Chuk manufactures Biodegradable Paper Plates
A significant amount of non-biodegradable plastic waste that is generated on a daily basis. In order to curb the amount of plastic waste, many governments across the world are turning towards the use of sustainable products that are natural and biodegradable. Hence startups re-purpose agri-waste into biodegradable tableware to close the loop on waste generation and enable effective utilization of resources.
Through zero-fossil fuel production, Indian startup Chuk manufactures biodegradable paper plates from agri-residue. The startup offers 4 different sizes of plates ranging from 12,7 cm (5 inches) to 30,5 cm (12 inches) to cater to multiple meals including snacks and dinner. Additionally, the startup’s product portfolio includes paper-based trays, bowls, lids, and containers.
Paper On The Rocks offers Tree-Free Paper
The felling of trees negatively impacts climate change and increases greenhouse gas (GHGs) concentration in the atmosphere. However, the stems and leaves of many plants are viable raw material for the manufacturing of sustainable paper. Compared to traditional pulp-based paper, the processing of plant-based paper is more eco-friendly. As a result, startups and scaleups develop tree-free paper manufacturing processes as a sustainable alternative to the production of conventional paper.
Dutch startup Paper On The Rocks offers tree-free paper to be used in books and notepads. The startup uses recycled plant waste that include stems and leaves to manufacture tree-free paper. This process directly results in a smaller carbon footprint in comparison to pulp-based paper. Further, the startup enables the effective utilization of agricultural land by producing both food and paper from the same area of land.
Nine Dragons Paper provides Recycled Paper-Based Packaging Products
Smart cities across the world are devising waste management strategies that repurpose waste into useful products including paper and packaging material. Additionally, such eco-friendly packaging products improve brands’ image as it displays companies care about their environmental responsibility. Startups develop cost effective methods to manufacture eco-friendly and sustainable paper-based packaging material.
The US-based startup Nine Dragons Paper provides high performance corrugating medium, recycled printing & writing paper as well as specialty paper. Additionally, its product portfolio includes high performance corrugated sheets, corrugated boxes, and pulp. The startup leverages energy cogeneration in all their manufacturing plants enabling operational flexibility that results in significant cost savings and environmental benefits.
OG Hemp Company develops Hemp Paper
In comparison to trees, hemp grows significantly faster and provides higher yields. At the same time, it discourages deforestation and requires minimal to zero chemical processing, thereby saving other essential resources such as fresh water. Moreover, the short fibers and acidic characteristics of tree paper make it non-durable whereas hemp-based paper is considerably more resistant. Therefore, startups and scaleups develop hemp-based paper products that contribute to a more sustainable world.
Indian startup OG Hemp Company develops hemp-based paper that is sustainable and eco-friendly. The startup’s products have high bulk factor and tearing strength, low lignin content, and acid-free cellulose that enables rich texture, endurance and high tensile strength. Moreover, hemp-based paper requires no chemical treatment processes and is compostable.
Discover more Manufacturing Startups
Manufacturing startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on automation, innovative materials, robotics as well as additive manufacturing. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more manufacturing technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Manufacturing Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.