The company located in Bremen offers other reusable products for the food service sector under the repEAT brand.
The manufacturer of the bowl is Plantaplast GmbH & Co. KG, also from the Hanseatic City of Bremen.
Plantaplast was founded in autumn 2019 and focuses on the production of sustainable articles by injection molding.
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Thinking ahead, “As far as packaging is concerned, the trend in the to-go business is towards the use of reusable items,” says Frederik Feuerhahn Development Manager at Plantaplast.
When selecting the materials, the focus is not only on the intended use of the article to be produced but also on the idea of sustainability.
Plantaplast attaches great importance to using bio based plastics.
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A compound from Stora Enso was used to produce the Happy Bowl.
The compound coordinated with DuraSense™ by Stora Enso Biocomposites combines the requirement of a high bio-based content with the product-specific requirements in contact with food and cleaning in a dishwasher after use.
DuraSense Eco™ 100 is a material based on BioPE filled with 40 % wood fibers.
The use of wood fibre reduces the plastic content and fully meets the requirements of the product.
The wood fibre used are a by-product of the wood industry and can therefore be recycled in a sensible way, according to the wast to value principle.
The Biocomposites used in the new product comes from Stora Enso’s Hylte Mill in Sweden.
The DuraSense™ by Stora Enso Biocomposites are produced from spruce and pine from sustainably managed and certified Swedish forests.
“We, at Stora Enso Biocomposites, want to show what a tree can do.
We are working hard to replace fossil-based products with renewable solutions and do good for the people and for our planet” says Barbara Cutugno-Krause Sales Manager Biocomposites Germany Austria and Switzerland.
DuraSense™ Biocomposites enables combining wood fibres with recycled or bio-based polymers.
In Plantaplast´s new Happy Bowl, wood fibre is blended with sugarcane-based Polyethylene resulting in 98% bio-based material.
Depending on the product, the Biocomposites may reduce the carbon footprint of the product by up to 80% in comparison with virgin plastics.
The Happy Bowl is produced in Germany, which means that a very high level of product availability is achieved with very short transport routes.
“It is extremely important to us to leave the smallest possible CO2 footprint.
Modern production facilities and the short transport routes help to keep emissions low,” says Robert Czichos Managing Director of Plantaplast