Molded paper-pulp packaging material — also referred to as molded fiber — is a fast-growing, environmentally friendly segment of the packaging market. It is manufactured using recycled paper products such as paperboard, newsprint and other post-consumer and post-industrial waste. Molded paper-pulp is used to produce fast-food drink trays, egg cartons and protective packaging for consumer and industrial products as well as disposable plates, bowls, plant trays and clamshell containers, among many others.
Molded paper-pulp is an attractive alternative to foam packaging, expanded polystyrene (EPS) and vacuum-formed PET and PVC. It has gained popularity in recent years because it is made entirely from recycled materials and can be recycled again and again. The raw ingredients are simply paper and water; no binders or additives are required. No wastewater is generated in the manufacturing process because any excess water either evaporates or is returned to the system. For these reasons — and due to its landfill friendliness — paper-pulp packaging is considered a sustainable packaging material.