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  • Jacopa Movers & Shakers
    Jacopa

    CIWEM Fellowship Honours for Jacopa's Kieran Madine

    Jacopa's Business Development Manager, Kieran Madine, has been elected to Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) receiving the election from the organisation's Northern Ireland Chairman, Conor McKeown.

  • SDS Water
    SDS

    Groundbreaking SuDS Material Tackles Highway Metals Pollution

    A groundbreaking new sustainable drainage material has addressed the challenge of removing toxic heavy metals pollution from highway runoff with a versatile solution that will be simple for highways authorities to incorporate into roadside schemes, writes SDS Market Development Manager, Jo Bradley.

  • Casella Health & safety
    Casella

    Casella launches intrinsically safe low flow pump for chemical exposure monitoring

    Casella, air sampling, noise and vibration specialist, has launched its advanced and lightweight low flow pump, the VAPex Pro. The elite low flow pump is the ideal solution for seamless reporting on employee's levels of chemical exposure, saving occupational hygienists' crucial time in their working day.

  • Prolectric Energy & Resource Management
    Prolectric

    Prolectric Acquires the Solatainer Solar Generator

    Prolectric, the UK's fast-growing supplier of temporary solar lighting and off-grid power for highways, rail & infrastructure projects, has acquired the Solatainer® solar generator. The Prolectric acquisition includes all Solatainer assets and intellectual property.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 13:05

Smurfit Kappa launch compostable paper for farmers to replace plastic

Smurfit Kappa has launched AgroPaper®, a renewable and compostable paper, made from pine fibres, designed to replace the plastic material that is used by many farmers and growers for 'mulching' when growing vegetables.

Mulches are placed on the ground to improve the soil around plants, prevent weeds growing and maintain the temperature of the land.

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A team of specialists from Smurfit Kappa's Nervion and Sangüesa Paper Mills have worked with the INTIA , a research centre for agrifood technology in Spain, to identify a way to use long pine fibres from sustainably managed local forests as a basis for the new paper.

The polythene that is most commonly used for mulches can be difficult and costly to remove and leaves behind small fragments that can be consumed by animals. AgroPaper® , on the other hand, is an eco-friendly material that safely and harmlessly biodegrades as a compost into the ground.

Tests on AgroPaper® revealed that in many cases the crop yield actually increased. Speaking about the company's latest breakthrough, Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper Europe, said: "At Smurfit Kappa, we believe we have a responsibility to respond to the challenge facing the environment and society as a whole today by developing the paper and packaging solutions of the future.

"Through our Better Planet Packaging initiative we're looking to generate innovative, sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on the environment. AgroPaper® is an example of a truly circular product that solves a critical issue for many farmers and opens up a world of possibilities."

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