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PapairWrap - sustainable packaging with paper bubble wrap

We founded Papair in 2020 and set out on the journey from initial idea to finished product.

Since 2023 we have been producing PapairWrap, the first bubble wrap made from 100% recycled paper.

Das sind wir

Who we are

Our team is the foundation of our success. Each and every one of us has his or her own motivation to contribute to greater sustainability through our work at Papair.

The knowledge that we can rely on each other, stick together and have a common goal in mind are formative for our cooperation.

Unsere Produktionshalle in Rethem bei Hannover

Our production

At our production site in Rethem an der Aller (Lower Saxony) we manufacture for our customers in Germany and abroad. With a self-developed and patented technology, we produce PapairWrap and other sustainable packaging materials Made in Germany.

We are proud to have made the journey from a startup to a globally recognized company.

Unsere Produktion

Our mission: to rid the world of unnecessary plastic waste

Our Vision

We want to rid the world of unnecessary plastic waste in order to leave it a better place for future generations. With our bubble wrap made of recycled paper, we are making our contribution to this and want to be a role model for others. In the future, Papair will stand as a brand for environmentally friendly packaging material.

This is what every Papair team member stands up for!

Our Story - from the idea to the startup

  • PapairWrap prototype lies on grass
    The idea is born
  • Fabian Solf and Christopher Feist the founders of Papair in natur
    Foundation scholarship
    Fabian and Christopher receive the NBank Foundation scholarship
  • The complete founding team of Papair in May 2020 consisting of Christopher Feist Fabian Solf and Steven Widdel
    The team is complete
    Steven completes the founding team
  • The founding team of Papair Christopher Fabian and Steven on the day of the foundation of the GmbH
    Papair GmbH is established
  • Papair paper bubble wrap sample
    Our patent is submitted
    After successful product development, we file our patent.
  • Acknowledgement as a post on social media for four hundred thousand euros raised through a crowdinvesting campaign
    After less than 52 hours, our €400,000 crowdinvesting campaign ends.
  • The founding team of Papair together with new partners at the signing of the pre-seed funding.
    Pre-Seed Financing
    We are increasing the pace and bringing competent partners on board.
  • The new production hall at the Rethem site near Hanover, Germany, where Papair will produce in the future, is ready.
    Hall in Rethem
    We move into our production hall in Rethem and start preparations.
  • Papair-Leipa_Quadrat
    Leipa as another partner
    We have the LEIPA Group on board as another strong partner with over 175 years of experience and know-how in the field of paper and 100% recycled-based solutions.
  • Durchstarterpreis Newsletter
    Winner of the Durchstarterpreis
    Papair wins the Durchstarter award in the scale up category
  • Amazon Accelerator
    Amazon Accelerator
    Out of 1500 applications, Papair is one of 16 startups selected for the Amazon Accelerator. For us the turbo for market entry :)
  • 230725_Ankunft-Papair-Maschine-Rethem-0003-2
    Production start
    Production starts and the first meters of PapairWrap roll off the line.

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Meet Team Papair

That's us!

Christopher Feist CEO and Co-Founder of Papair

Christopher Feist

CEO and Co-Founder

I grew up in the countryside as a child. That's why my environment is very close to my heart. With Papair, I want to create a brand that not only stands for sustainable packaging, but also supports social projects.



Papair Superhero

On my mission to rid the world of unnecessary plastic waste, I came across the Papair team. I thought the bubble wrap made of paper was so great that I stayed on to help.


Anke Thies

Marketing Management

Living sustainability in everyday life - that's how I do my part to protect the environment. At Papair, with a special team and an innovative product, I can create a basis for making it even easier to avoid plastic waste.


Merle Stephan

Brand Management 

I try to organise my everyday life as sustainably as possible. Thanks to Papair, I now have the opportunity to work in an area that has set itself precisely this goal and I am delighted to be a part of it.


Bastian Goerlich

Product development

I am very happy to be part of a team that actively contributes to the reduction of plastic waste and thus makes a significant contribution to environmental protection. I can also use my technical skills to develop solutions that make both environmental and economic sense for our society.


Marcel Rippe 

Machine and equipment operator

At Papair, I have found a sustainable product that is revolutionising the packaging market. I have also found a creative and innovative team here. As an experienced paper technologist with over 10 years of experience in recycled paper, this is exactly the challenge I want to be part of.


Nico Werner

Machine and equipment operator

As a village child, I grew up with nature and also grow my own food in the garden. That's why I'm so enthusiastic about Papair's sustainable concept! I've been working as a machine and plant operator since I was 16 and it's really my thing. So: let's go team Papair!


Michell Bernholz

Machine and equipment operator

In my search for a new professional challenge, I came across "bubble wrap made of paper" and was quickly hooked. As a machine and plant operator at Papair, I can now also make my contribution to a better environment. The fact that I can get to my new workplace by bike rounds off the whole thing.


Fabian Solf

COO and Co-Founder

Since my childhood, I have had a strong connection with nature through my grandfather's beekeeping business, which I continue today. My aim at Papair is to give something back to the environment and society.


Finn Mitera  

Business Development

Plastic waste is damaging our planet in a way that makes it all the more important for me to do something about it. That's why I'm delighted to be taking on this challenge right at the start of my career.


Merle Stephan

Brand Management

My ambition is to do something meaningful with my work. In Papair, I have found a company where I can contribute to change. For me, it's about turning Papair into a brand whose values are to work with our environment, not against it.


Lars Dieckmann

Sales Management

Doing something for the environment with a cool team, that's exactly what I want! I'm up for the exciting mission in which we will take many right and important steps together. Let's take up the fight against unnecessary plastic waste.


Jason Strube 

Logistics & Business Development

Through the student organisation Enactus, I have learned how important start-ups are for sustainable entrepreneurship and new alternative solutions. Together with Papair, I'm looking forward to giving bubble wrap a new face and reducing plastic waste.


Robert Sommler 

Business Development & Finance 

Questions that have been on my mind for a long time in view of the pollution of our environment: Can I make my own small contribution to reducing this huge amount of plastic waste? How, actually? With what at all? And when? The answer from Papair: Yes!


Michelle Collings

Logistics & Business Development

It has always been important to me to create positive added value for the environment - both in my everyday life and in my professional life. I think it's great to be able to realise this now at Papair.


Steven Widdel

CTO & Co-Founder 

Studying the technology of renewable raw materials has shaped my awareness of sustainability. By developing a sustainable packaging solution, I want to make my contribution to a world without unnecessary plastic waste.


Mario Hörenkuhl

Machine and equipment operator 

I have already gained a lot of experience in the field of plant management, but am only now starting to use my skills in a sustainable area. Producing environmentally friendly bubble wrap from paper with my team excites me just as much as finding the production right in my home town of Rethem. I'm looking forward to an exciting future with the #teampapair!


Steven Widdel

CTO & Co-Founder 

In my private life, I have long been involved with the idea of sustainability and want to do something good for the environment. But that's no longer enough for me. That's why I first sold bicycles and have now found innovative products in Papair that allow me to tackle the cycle even more effectively and reduce plastic waste.