Cruz Foam is bringing an innovative compostable packaging material to the market and it is eco-conscious, cost-effective, and flexible, combining social responsibility with business efficiency. The core product is made possible thanks to a "patent-pending water-based technology [that] transforms the second most abundant biopolymer on the planet into a high level engineered structural foam."
Essentially, the company brings together waste from the seafood industry—i.e. shrimp shells sourced from sustainable farming—and paper recycling waste, transforming them into foam with mechanical properties and thermal insulation that are comparable to polystyrene. The resulting compostable packaging material can be easily integrated into existing manufacturing equipment, with "minimal capital investment and training." In addition, the foam can be fully manipulated and tailored to fit any company's large or small-scale packaging needs.
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