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Blue Ocean Closures obtains further investment

23 December, 2022

Blue Ocean Closures, the Swedish start-up developing proprietary fiber based screw caps, has obtained a second investment from co-owner ALPLA Group in order to further develop and speed up the process of bringing environmentally friendly closure solutions to market. One year ago Blue Ocean Closures was founded and the ALPLA Group, an Austrian family run…

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Opening of the world’s first plant for cellulose-based screw caps

6 December, 2022

A stunning 6.5 billion plastic caps are consumed around the world, every day. Blue Ocean Closures aims to reduce that number by providing screw caps and seals based on cellulose fibre. The company’s first production plant in Sweden was opened on 24 November. Blue Ocean Closures, a member of the Paper Province business cluster, recently…

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Trend spotting in Japan reveals differences in packaging size and materials

2 December, 2022

What does sustainable packaging mean to you? In Sweden, we tend to think of fossil-free packaging made from renewable and natural raw materials. In Japan, sustainability means small packages that preserve the food; the material is secondary. In mid-October, a group from Paper Province travelled to Japan to participate in Asia’s largest packaging fair –…

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Maria Sandberg receives Paper Province Award 2022

This year’s Paper Province Award goes to Maria Sandberg, Associate Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems at Karlstad University. Her research builds bridges between the research and business worlds, and paves the way for new value-added materials and products in the circular forest bioeconomy, created from residues and waste of the mills. “It feels very…

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New bio-based absorbent pad makes the food industry greener

8 November, 2022

Paper Province company Cellcomb’s most recent product effectively absorbs liquid in packaging for fresh foods such as meat, fish, and poultry. The cellulose-based pad contributes to reduced food waste as well as climate-smart and safe food packaging. Food waste is one of the factors most affecting the climate. Cellcomb’s new, plastic-free food pad will help…

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New research: Paper fibre can be recycled 25 times

7 September, 2022

New research shows that paper fibre can be recycled 25 times with high quality. This is more than three times higher than previous estimates and means that the recycling value of paper packaging is much higher than the industry and consumers have previously known. Paper and cardboard are cornerstones of the Swedish forest-based bioeconomy, and…

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s sustainability work has been awarded Platinum level rating by EcoVadis

2 September, 2022

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has been awarded EcoVadis’ highest recognition level, Platinum, for the company’s sustainability performance.  The company’s continuous efforts have now been rewarded, placing them among the top one percent of companies assessed by Eco Vadis. The rating is an improvement from Gold level rating, which they were previously rated since 2019. Theire score increased especially…

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Unique opportunity for companies contributing to the future of food

5 July, 2022

Now there is an opportunity for companies working with food innovation to become part of an accelerator programme that will help you to grow and to develop your business. The BioeconomyVentures project is looking for EU-based small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to take part in the programme, which includes training, networking, business-to-investor matchmaking and…

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Södra partners with Happie Nation to devop close–to–nature tourism

On 15 June, major forestry cooperative Södra signed up to invest  SEK 3 million (about EUR 280,000), in an issuance of new shares amounting to a total of  SEK 6 million, thereby joining Happie Nation as a partner. As a result, Happie Nation can now develop its Happie Camp brand, offering close–to–nature accommodation at hidden…

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Swedish-Norwegian study trip brought new perspectives to Europe

4 July, 2022

What happens when key players within digitalisation meet across countries and industries? Broadened views, new knowledge, valuable contacts, and spiring inspiration to apply in your own business. This became clear when a European delegation was invited to experience the cream of the crop of the Swedish and Norwegian forest industry. “I expected to make new…

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