In 10 seconds? Environmental impacts and health concerns are turning more and more people against the use of plastics. Although the case against them is not black and white, several bio-based and degradable materials offer a viable consumer alternative.

What's the story? With news of patches of plastic floating in the oceans and tiny particles getting into the food chain, consumers are demanding change. Enter fiber-based renewable materials that can be used in packaging, construction, and even furniture manufacturing! Coincidence or not, the two largest CO2 emitters – i.e. China and the US – are the largest producers of wrapping, packaging paper, and paperboard, accounting for 49% of global production, according to data from 2013. And this was before the pandemic when increased growth of e-commerce and home deliveries nearly doubled the demand for carboard in 2021 alone.

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