Innovia Films’ biodegradable and compostable material, NatureFlex NE30, has been chosen to flow-wrap Vegware’s natural starch cutlery sets.
NatureFlex was an obvious solution for the packaging in this application as the film begins life as a natural product – wood – and breaks down at the end of its lifecycle in a home compost bin (or industrial compost environment) within a matter of weeks. It also offers advantages for packing such as inherent dead fold and anti-static properties, high gloss and transparency, resistance to grease and oil, good barrier to gases and aromas, and a wide heat-seal range.
Vegware was founded in Edinburgh by Joe Frankel in 2006 and currently serves the UK, Irish and North American markets. The company provides a full range of biodegradable cutlery and tableware, offering the food service industry a practical and economic alternative to plastic disposables.
Vegware’s 100% biodegradable cutlery is moulded from corn and potato starch. It is robust, GM-free and heat-resistant up to 105°C. The Vegware philosophy is simple: all Vegware products are fully biodegradable and can be composted together with food waste, thus reducing the burden on landfill.
Outlining why Vegware selected NatureFlex, Mr Frankel said: “I like the fact that NatureFlex is genuinely home-compostable, unlike some other bioplastic films that are more suited to commercial composting, which requires higher temperatures. It looks great, and can be used in flow-wrap machines. It’s also from a fully sustainable source of wood. We are the only packaging company in the UK not to use any oil-based plastics at all. So using NatureFlex to wrap our cutlery packs was the obvious choice and it means that the entire package is biodegradable.”
NatureFlex films are certified to meet both the European EN13432 and American ASTM D6400 standards for compostable packaging. The wood-pulp is sourced from managed plantations from referenced suppliers operating good forestry principals (FSC or equivalent). NatureFlex films typically have a renewable bio-based content of some 95% by weight of material.
Clare McKeown, Innovia Films’ market manager, said: “NatureFlex is a highly versatile packaging film. It is not only biodegradable and compostable for those packer processors keen to use sustainable packaging, but it also offers a technical performance second to none. We are pleased to have assisted Vegware in gaining a competitive advantage by aligning their packaging message with the ethos of their product marketing and providing caring consumers with a biodegradable, naturally-based sustainable packaging material.”