In its continuing effort to enable more sustainable packaging solutions for the circular economy, Michelman has expanded its network by joining the International Molded Fiber Association (IMFA). IMFA's mission is to promote the global use of molded fiber products and advocate for environmental sustainability.

"We want to help transition the industry into more sustainable packaging," said Rick Michelman, chief technology officer and executive vice president, Americas & Printing & Packaging. "Our barrier coatings help improve fiber-based packaging’s functionality and performance while managing its end-of-life."

Michelman reports that it created its first repulpable water-based coating over 50 years ago. The company's current barrier and functional coatings for paper and film reportedly make it possible to develop recyclable, repulpable, and industrially compostable packaging.

"Because IMFA's members include manufacturers of molded fiber products, industry suppliers and service providers, Michelman has surrounded itself with like-minded organizations that will help accelerate the pace of product innovations for molded fiber applications," said Rick Michelman.

Like molded fiber, Michelman's water-based coatings offer opportunities to increase sustainable practices, reduce waste, and deliver product performance using fewer raw materials, with repulpable, recyclable, compostable, and renewably-sourced options.

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