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Zume Partners with Solenis to Offer PFA-Free Packaging and Manufacturing Solutions

Food and Beverages | Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Zume and Solenis will provide packaging solutions that ensure food grease and water resistance without the need for PFAS or harmful chemicals.

FREMONT, CA: Zume announces partnership with Solenis, a leading global producer of speciality chemicals. They are open-sourcing a PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) replacement for food packaging manufacturing to food manufacturers and CPG brands across the global market.

In conjunction, Zume is announcing that it will no longer manufacture any products containing PFAS from its California packaging facility, effective immediately. The company collaborates with its global partners to ensure that all production globally is PFA-free by the end of 2021.

“Open-sourcing our PFA-free solution creates a path for brands across the world to remove plastics and harmful chemicals from their consumer packaging and single-use goods,” said Zume CEO and ChairmanAlex Garden. “Brands have made pledges to remove PFAS and this new launch will enable them to deliver on their promises.”

This marks an important milestone for the industry, as two major companies unveil the complex process of creating a molded fiber packaging solution that ensures food grease and water resistance without the need for PFAS or harmful chemicals. After nine months of deep collaboration and R&D to create a solution that reduces the need for single-use plastics, Zume and Solenis are open-sourcing the recipe and manufacturing process so that all packaging manufacturers can adopt the technique and speed up the removal of harmful chemicals. A new scientific report co-written by Zume and Solenis concludes that products leveraging the new solution will be fully compostable within 90 days of disposal.

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

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