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Sustainable Solutions

According to a new survey, 88% of consumers want brands and businesses to help them live sustainably. The word “sustainable” refers to anything that, “satisfies the needs of the present without adversely affecting the future”. It’s no longer simply a concept for the next generation, but a reality being demanded by sophisticated customers with purchasing power in endless applications. Our Sustainable Solutions can help your industry succeed.


bīōdəˈɡrādəb(ə)l/ – adjective: of a substance or object) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms.

What we can do with fiber

Protective Packaging

From edge and corner guards, to shipping trays, endcaps and cradling mediums, our biodegradable solutions have you covered (and protected).

Consumer Products

From coffee carriers, to drink coolers, to ice buckets, our biodegradable solutions will satisfy your customer's desire for sustainability.

Growing Containers

HC provides greenhouses, nurseries and garden centers across North America with biodegradable, fiber solutions to bring your plants full circle.

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“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.” – Annie Leonard, Proponent of Sustainability

A Sustainable Alternative

Our fiber, biodegradable solutions are far superior to other options on the market today. Not only for their strength and durability, but their composition from high-quality, 100% recycled materials. Better still, our biodegradable solutions are produced in a closed-loop water recycling facility for true sustainability.

Did you know, paper can be recycled up to seven times?


At HC, we work with our customers to create biodegradable solutions designed specifically for YOUR needs. Using traditional technology allows us to develop customized solutions with economical mold costs and smaller runs.

HC has designed custom solutions for computer manufacturers, framing companies, automotive OEM companies, window and door manufacturers and corrugate distributors to name a few. Contact us today to discuss your customization needs.

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Understanding Fiber Products

Are biodegradable products also considered compostable?

Yes, what’s compostable is also biodegradable. But what’s biodegradable is NOT always compostable. Read more here.

What materials are used to make the fiber slurry?

Recycled paper products (like uncirculated newspapers) and water form the basis of the slurry mixture, which is mixed together with a “pulp beater” in giant tanks before adding a binding agent for rigidity and fungicide to prevent any mold from forming should they get wet in storage or transportation.

How is the fiber slurry transformed into products?

Molds are created to help re-form the slurry mixture back into a solid state to suite the parameters of your unique project. Large ovens help remove any and all moisture from the form for incredible durability and strength regardless of application.

Can your fiber slurry be used to produce food service containers?

Not at this time. The components of our fiber slurry, and the final fiber products themselves, have not gone through the certification process set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under their food safety guidelines.

How long will it take for the final fiber products to biodegrade?

The exact duration of time will vary depending on your individual environmental conditions. Generally, our fiber products will biodegrade in less than a year’s time. Our fiber products can also be safely included with your local municipalities paper recycling program.

Where are your fiber products produced?

All of our sustainable fiber solutions are manufactured exclusively at our facility in Burlington, Canada. Our long-standing partner relationships with trusted freight companies means we can ship your orders anywhere in North America quickly and economically to meet your demands.

How does fiber compare to styrofoam?

There’s no disputing that biodegradable packaging products are a better choice for sustainability. Below we compare fiber and styrofoam applications:

Fiber: produced in a closed-loop water recycling facility, thereby eliminating wastewater discharge and lowering energy use.
Styrofoam: produced using a mixture of petroleum-based polystyrene and a gasoline agent which requires high heat and energy use.

Fiber: fully recyclable and biodegradable.
Styrofoam: will never biodegrade, adding to harmful waste in landfills.

Shipping and Storage:
Fiber: stacks together to save on storage space; durable; denests easily.
Styrofoam: doesn’t stack together well requiring more storage space; easily breakable; the material composition makes it difficult to denest.

Fiber: our unique ribbed design dampens vibration and absorbs impact; cleaner and static free
Styrofoam: dampens vibration and absorbs impact (as long as it stays intact during packaging); requires treatment with an anti-static chemical

Fiber: because the material costs are often stable, the higher upfront expense often yields a lower overall cost.
Styrofoam: with prices tied to fluctuating oil trade, the cost is often unstable.

For more information on our biodegradable solutions, simply fill out the form below and one of our dedicated fiber representatives will get back to you shortly.

Biodegradable Solutions