Zume Partners with Solenis to Open PFA-Free Molded Fiber Manufacturing and Packaging Manual for Global Food and CPG Brands


CAMARILLO, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Zume, the sustainability solutions company creating economically viable substitutes for single-use plastics, today announced a partnership with Solenis, one of the world’s leading producers of specialty chemicals, as part of from which they are opening a replacement supplier of PFAS for the manufacture of food packaging for food manufacturers and CPG brands in the global market.

In conjunction, Zume announces that it will no longer manufacture products containing PFAS from its California packaging plant effective immediately and that the company is working with its global partners to ensure that all global production is PFA-free by the next end of 2021.

“The open source of our PFA-free solution enables brands around the world to eliminate harmful plastics and chemicals from their consumer packaging and single-use products,” said Zume CEO and President Alex Garden. “The brands are committed to eliminating PFAS and this new launch will allow them to keep their promises. ”

After 9 months of in-depth collaboration and R&D to create a solution that reduces the need for single-use plastics, Zume and Solenis are opening up the recipe and manufacturing process so that all packaging manufacturers can adopt the technique and speed up production. elimination of harmful substances. chemical. This marks an important milestone for the industry, as two leading companies unveil the complex process of creating a molded fiber packaging solution that guarantees edible grease and water resistance, without the need for PFAS or harmful chemicals.

“Our goal is to encourage any manufacturer in the world to start using this technology as quickly as possible,” said John Panichella, CEO of Solenis. “Through this joint initiative with Zume, global brands can meet their commitments to phase out the use of PFAS faster than ever. ”

The new scientific report co-written by Zume and Solenis, Putting chemicals to rest forever: an open source guide to PFAS-free packaging, details the conclusions of scientists from both companies when creating and testing the new process. The co-authors conclude that products using the new solution will be fully compostable within 90 days of disposal.

The joint team identified five key parameters – thermoforming, draining, chemistry management, load management and part forming – to achieve resistance to oils and greases with a chemistry that removed PFAS and reached two hours of resistance to oil with an oil at 60 ° C. By following these process parameters and control strategy, manufacturers around the world will be able to provide end users with a fully functional product that does not pose a risk to health.

PFAS and polyfluoroalkyls, widely known as eternal chemicals, are used to coat paper and cardboard containers in fast food restaurants and takeout boxes and have been linked to potentially harmful health effects including decreased fertility, a weakened immune system response and an increased risk for certain cancers, according to the CDC. The Food and Drug Administration has mandated that these substances not be permitted in the manufacture of food contact packaging after January 2024.

The news of Zume’s PFA-free open-sourcing follows several major moves by the company this year. In June, the company shared global expansion deals with more than 20 countries spanning the UK, Europe and Russia, followed by sustainable manufacturing deals with Indian companies Parason and Satia Industries in May. Most recently, Zume unveiled a large-scale partnership with Texas-based Jefferson Enterprise Energy to build a $ 220 million sustainable manufacturing facility 100% powered by clean energy.

Delaware-based Solenis announced last month that it was merging with Sigura in an acquisition by Platinum Equity valued at more than $ 5 billion.

Study participants were Pamela Horine, Vice President of Research and Product Compliance, Zume, Inc., Christopher Dilkus, Senior Scientist, Solenis LLC, Cindy Chau, Quality Engineer, Zume Inc., and Dottie Klein, Assistant Director of Sales, Solenis, LLC.

To download the white paper, go to: https://docsend.com/view/7iugmkm9g74yrxfi

To become a Zume and Solenis partner, visit: zume.com/pages/brands

About Zume

Founded in 2015, Zume is actively reducing plastic waste globally with economically viable substitutes for plastic packaging. As the creator of the world’s most advanced molded fiber manufacturing system, Zume is a global provider of sustainability solutions and offers a wide range of sustainably manufactured solutions and services across food, beverages, health care and everyday consumer products. For more information, visit zume.com and to see a video of how Zume works, click here.

About Solénis

Solenis is one of the world’s leading producers of specialty chemicals focused on providing sustainable solutions for water-intensive industries, including pulp, packaging paper and board, fabrics and towels, oil and gas, petroleum refining, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, electricity and municipal services. markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a wide range of water treatment chemicals, process aids, functional additives as well as advanced monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiency, improve product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 41 manufacturing plants strategically located around the world and employs a team of approximately 5,000 professionals in 120 countries on five continents. Solenis is one of the best managed companies in the United States in 2021.

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