Poland Spring, UMaine to explore bio-based alternatives for packaging material

From Mainebiz

A collaboration between Poland Spring Bottling Co. and the University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute aims to develop bio-based materials that could serve as alternative packaging for Poland Spring products. 

The expanded use of forest-based biomass in areas such as packaging, infrastructure, equipment and biofuels is a key development objective for the Maine forest sector, according to Patrick Strauch, executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council.

“Diversifying the uses of Maine-harvested biomass is essential to the growth and sustainability of our state’s forest economy,” he said. “UMaine is a longstanding partner in these efforts and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them on this project.”