British packaging company DC SMITH tests seaweed, cocoa shells, and other plastic replacements


DS Smith, a paper and packaging firm, is utilizing its innovation lab to develop plastic alternatives for packaging. The lab is testing materials like seaweed, daisies, hemp, and cocoa shells as potential replacements for wood in raw materials. The company aims to create a transparent fiber-based film to compete with commonly used plastic. DS Smith has set a five-year target to eliminate 1 billion pieces of problem plastic from supermarket shelves by 2025 and has already made strides with innovations like the “lift-up,” a cardboard handle replacing plastic in multipacks. The company is also focusing on greener online shopping parcel solutions, eliminating unnecessary plastic and optimizing packaging materials. Read more about the innovation lab’s plastic alternative testing.

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