Ahlstrom achieves Western Michigan University Recyclability Certification for several food packaging base papers that use Ahlstrom FluoroFree technology; products used for quick service restaurant, pet food, confectionary, non-food packaging applications

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September 28, 2023 (press release) –


Continuing a rapid development journey of sustainable and fiber-based packaging innovations, Ahlstrom passes Western Michigan Recyclability Certification for several food packaging base papers that utilize Ahlstrom’s proprietary FluoroFree® technology.

“We are proud that our food packaging products passed Western Michigan University’s testing protocol for recyclability,” says Travis Dahlke, Vice President, Food Packaging Americas. “Achieving this certification offers our customers and the marketplace yet another fiber-based solution to reduce traditional non-renewable materials in packaging engineering and creates a positive end-of-life scenario that consumers are demanding.”

The range of FluoroFree® products that have achieved recyclability certification are produced in Ahlstrom’s North American operations and are used in such applications as quick service restaurant packaging, pet food packaging, microwave popcorn, and confectionary, while also providing solutions for non-food packaging applications.

“Recyclable and compostable packaging plays a crucial role in addressing environmental concerns, reducing waste, and promoting sustainable practices,” Travis Dahlke further explains. “By offering the marketplace options for sustainable packaging, the packaging value chain can play a key role in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, helping to conserve natural resources and reduce environmental pollution.”

The Western Michigan University Recyclability Certification tests take place at WMU’s Pilot Plants, which are committed to recycling process innovation, testing, and certification. To learn more visit https://wmich.edu/pilotplants/recycling/certificates

For further questions, please contact:

Véronique van Zyl, Global Marketing Communication Manager, Food & Consumer Packaging, specialties@ahlstrom.com




Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a global leader in combining fibers into sustainable specialty materials. Our purpose is to Purify and Protect, with Every Fiber, for a Sustainable World. Our vision is to be the Preferred Sustainable Specialty Materials Company for all our stakeholders. We serve five growing and distinctive end markets, which form the basis for our five divisions: Filtration, Food & Consumer Packaging, Healthcare, Building Materials, and Technical Materials. Our net sales in 2022 for continuing operations amounted to EUR 3.3 billion and we employ some 7,000 people. Read more at www.ahlstrom.com



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