Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s CelluStraw receives compostability certification

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s CelluStraw, a biodegradable and renewable fiber-based solution for paper straws, has received compostability certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute.


Ahlstrom-Munksjö works to create innovative products that provide high performance as well as sustainability benefits for customers and consumers. As part of the company’s continuous commitment to sustainability, CelluStraw™ papers are now BPI® certified, in addition to carrying OK compost HOME and OK compost INDUSTRIAL certifications, qualifying compostability in a home environment and in industrial facilities.


These certifications facilitate the possibility for Ahlstrom-Munksjö customers, whether converters or brand owners, to achieve their own sustainability goals. By using a scientific process, BPI officially certifies compostable products that meet ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 standards for compostability. BPI Certification proves that a material will compost in a composting facility, leaving behind no toxic residue or microplastics.


“Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s CelluStraw™ papers provide a sustainable solution to the entire globe for this necessary environmental initiative,” explained Jeff Murphy, Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Food Packaging business. "CelluStraw™ joins a wide portfolio of compostable and sustainable food and beverage solutions. Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to challenge the boundaries for how fiber-based solutions are a true sustainable alternative to other non-renewable substrates."


The CelluStrawTM offering consists of specialty papers developed for the inner and outer plies of paper straws. CelluStrawTM runs well on high-speed converting machines, and its wet-strength and mechanical resistance deliver excellent product integrity. CelluStraw is made of responsibly sourced natural fibers and also comes with Chain of Custody Forest Certification under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), SFI®, and PEFC® certification schemes. In addition, CelluStraw™ carries BRC Food Safety Certification and meets BfR and FDA 176.170 food safety requirements for cold drink uses and is recyclable according to EN 13430 requirements and conditions.