Michelman Joins the International Molded Fiber Association (IMFA) to Help Advance Fiber-Based Packaging in a Circular Economy
In its effort to enable more sustainable packaging solutions for the Circular Economy, Michelman has expanded its network by joining the International Molded Fiber Association (IMFA). IMFA’s mission is to promote the global use of molded fiber products and advocate for environmental sustainability.
Explains Rick Michelman, Michelman’s Chief Technology Officer & EVP, Americas & Printing & Packaging, “We want to help transition the industry into more sustainable packaging. Our barrier coatings help improve fiber-based packaging’s functionality and performance while managing its end-of-life.”
The company has been opening new markets for paper & film packaging ever since creating their first repulpable water-based coating over 50 years ago. Their current barrier & functional coatings for paper and film make it possible to develop recyclable, repulpable, and industrially compostable packaging.
Michelman continues, “Because IMFA’s members include manufacturers of molded fiber products, industry suppliers, and service providers, Michelman has surrounded itself with like-minded organizations that will help accelerate the pace of product innovations for molded fiber applications.”
Like molded fiber, Michelman’s water-based coatings offer opportunities to increase sustainable practices, reduce waste, and deliver product performance using fewer raw materials, with repulpable, recyclable, compostable, and renewably-sourced options.