The project focuses on R&D and industrialisation of Notpla’s seaweed paper for packaging applications. The paper is made with seaweed by-products from industrial processes. Reducing the pressure in trees and crops.
At a glance
Our aims in the project are to:
- develop a biodegradable chemical free seaweed paperboard with comparable cost and performance of wood-based paper and cardboard
- focus on R&D and industrialisation of Notpla’s seaweed paper for packaging applications within the cosmetics and fashion packaging industry.
By using seaweed by-products, we want to minimize the need for virgin wood fibre and repurposing an industrial by-product from our industrial processes. Also, to start with, we want to provide a new product with less environmental impact by producing a paper without any synthetic chemicals. Seaweed is widely used in Notpla's products.
The industry says it couldn’t be done but we have already proven that a 30% inclusion in industrial processes is possible. With milling partners and a team of chemists, our dream is to push it up to 70% seaweed inclusion with Terra Carta.
Rival technologies do exist: however they tend to add chemicals and a small inclusion of alternative fibres. Also, there is a tendency to introduce plastic as an alternative to paper such as Stone paper.
We have tested initial prototypes (included in the images attached) that highlight the journey that we’ve been in so far. We’re exploring the ultimate end-goal for our commercialisation of the product to ensure we capture the markets that represent the greatest opportunity. We currently work with Just Eat for our Coated boxes and they would be a potential partner interested in the technology. For creating future boxes with the paper.
The results of the project will be shared both through existing Notpla media channels (including social media), as well as the trial partner media channels (with permission).
Events and trade shows
Notpla is regularly involved in attending and presenting at various industry and innovation related conferences and trade shows. The results of this project will be disseminated at these events, for example, conferences such as Ecomondo, Packaging Innovations, and Sustainability in Packaging.
The growing paper industry is increasing the pressure on our forests that are essential in storing carbon and maintaining biodiversity on land. It is predicted that there will be a 250 million hectares shortfall of managed forests by 2050 through inaction (WWF). We need to take action now. By creating a seaweed-based paper we want to reduce the need for virgin wood pulp by utilising a seaweed fibre by-product instead
Pierre started his career as a Packaging Engineer for L’Oréal. But feeling uninspired by industrialising new skincare products, he started hacking 3D printers in his living room at night. Realising he was naturally suited to a more creative and entrepreneurial environment, he studied design at the RCA and in 2013, co-designed one of the first consumer Delta 3D-printers in Taiwan as a student. After graduating in 2014 he cofounded two start-ups: Gravity Sketch – a 3D design platform, and Skipping Rocks Lab (Notpla) with its main product Ooho.
“This seaweed paper requires 30% less wood pulp than conventional paper, lowering pressure on forests while reducing waste from the seaweed supply chain.”Co-founder and co-CEO
“The idea of Notpla Paper came out of Notpla's ambition to valorize seaweed resources in a way to minimize waste generated by its other first products. Its environmental credentials are also pushing the limits of the industry.”Co-founder and co-CEO