Innovia Films has launched its high barrier NatureFlex™ range of renewable and compostable cellulose-based packaging films for the North American market. The new films, NatureFlex NKR and NKA, manufactured in Tecumseh, Kansas, provide the highest moisture barriers of any transparent bio-film on the market.
NatureFlex contains over 90% renewable content as measured by ASTM 6866 and is produced from wood pulp sourced from managed plantations which either have or are actively working towards Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification or equivalent. The product is also compostable and meets the requirements of ASTM D6400, composting within six weeks.
Joe Piccione, president, Innovia Films Americas stated, “NatureFlex is a truly unique product and its renewable characteristics are being leveraged by many progressive companies to gain a competitive edge in today’s environmentally conscious marketplace. The new NatureFlex NKA and NKR grades are the first clear high barrier compostable films to be made from renewable resources in the US and open up access to mainstream markets.”
Both these films provide an excellent barrier to gases and aroma, a good barrier to moisture and have a wide heat-seal range. They also offer advantages for packing and converting such as inherent deadfold and anti-static properties and high gloss, and they are resistant to grease and oil.
NatureFlex NKA and NKR films are ideal for packing moisture-sensitive products such as coffee, cookies, condiments, chips, bakery and cosmetics. Types of pack construction the films could be used in include twist wrap, overwrap, pouches, sachets, lamination with other bio-films, HFFS flow wrap, and VFFS bags.