Pulp and Paper Institute, Bogišićeva 8, 1000 Ljubljana, SL

Introducing a historical novelty for Institute and Slovenia – corrugated board made from tomato stems

The Pulp and Paper Institute, aware of the importance of the circular economy, presents corrugated cardboard made of papers whose raw material is tomato stems. Tomato stems were locally sourced and represent an agro residue that has been processed into liner and fluting papers suitable for incorporation into corrugated board. The papers were produced on a paper machine of the Institute on the basis of research for using this kind of raw material for papermaking. Corrugated cardboard was also made in Slovenia in test production and optimizations are currently being carried out according to the mechanical properties of corrugated cardboard. The product is completely recyclable, biodegradable and safe for food contact.

As a product manufactured for the first time in independent Slovenia and in the wider region, the Institute is taking a step forward in the development of its own CIP brand of papers and boards.

By supporting local circular stories and stakeholders with agro residues and other sources of lignocellulosic biomass, ICP sets new heights and upgrades the more than 70-year tradition of innovative cellulose products.