Bubbles with benefits

Sustainable sealed air packaging material (bubble and foam wrap) provides the benefits of sealed air packaging material without harming the environment. It is completely plastic-free, non-toxic, and biodegradable, and low cost. It does not contribute to the current microplastic crisis as it is cellulose-based and dissolves in water.
Selluloosapohjainen, biohajoava kuplamuovin korvaajainnovaatio Bubbles with Benefits. Kuvassa vaalea ohut materiaali ympäröi kahta juomalasia

Status:

Pre-business

Established:

2023

Looking for:

Funding

SDGs:

Climate action, Life below water

Industry:

Microtech, nanotech and materials

Impact:

Materials

School:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

The demand for protective packaging materials is constantly growing, driven especially by the increasing popularity of E-commerce. However, plastic materials have numerous harmful effects throughout their linear lifecycles. For example, plastic production relies on non-renewable fossil fuels and creates greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. In addition, the majority of plastic waste ends up in the environment, causing significant environmental, economic, and health risks  Without changes to the current practices, the global amount of plastic waste is forecasted to triple to over 1040 million tonnes by 2060. To combat the global plastic pollution crisis, there is an urgent and growing need for sustainable alternatives, especially for plastic packaging materials that make up nearly half of the global plastic waste.

Our solution is a sustainable sealed air packaging material (bubble and foam wrap) that provides the benefits of sealed air packaging material without harming the environment. It is completely plastic-free, non-toxic, and biodegradable, and low cost. It does not contribute to the current microplastic crisis as it is cellulose-based and dissolves in water. Our material is flexible, customizable in size/shape/colors, and contains air bubbles that provide superior cushioning for protecting fragile items during storing and delivery. 

With these features, it has the potential to address the current gap in the market of sustainable protective packaging materials. The demand for protective packaging materials is constantly growing, driven especially by the increasing popularity of E-commerce. However, plastic materials have numerous harmful effects throughout their linear lifecycles. For example, plastic production relies on non-renewable fossil fuels and creates greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. In addition, the majority of plastic waste ends up in the environment, causing significant environmental, economic, and health risks without changes to the current practices, the global amount of plastic waste is forecasted to triple to over 1040 million tonnes by 2060. To combat the global plastic pollution crisis, there is an urgent and growing need for sustainable alternatives, especially for plastic packaging materials that make up nearly half of the global plastic waste.

Biodegradable bubble wrap replacement Bubbles with Benefits wins innovation competition

The innovation of Aalto University’s design students was awarded by the Finnish Forest Industries and the Finnish Forest Products Engineers' Association.

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Selluloosapohjainen, biohajoava kuplamuovin korvaajainnovaatio Bubbles with Benefits. Kuvassa vaalea ohut materiaali ympäröi kahta juomalasia
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