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  1. Innovia Films
22 January 2006

New Packaging Film Meets Sustainable Needs

A new transparent packaging film has been developed by Innovia Films that strikes at the heart of current paper industry concerns about sustainability.

NatureFlex™ 42NE-RW is a unique biodegradable and compostable film manufactured from renewable wood pulp, sourced exclusively from plantations operating sustainable forestry principles.

The film is fully tested and certified to both European (EN13432) and US (ASTM D6400) composting norms and can, therefore, carry the compostable logos.

Innovia Films has a policy of continuous investment aimed at modernising its manufacturing practices. The most recent of which is the introduction of state-of-the-art gas recovery systems which reclaims the waste gases, separates them and reintroduces them back into the process as part of a closed loop recycling system.

NatureFlex™ is both biodegradable and compostable. Biodegradability standards require that the material is capable of being broken down by micro-organisms. Compostability, however, means the film is suitable for industrial composting systems within which it will "revalorise" to produce useable compost in a maximum of 180 days. NatureFlex™ is unique in that it can also be disposed of in a home composting system as it requires no "starter", usually heat, to begin the composting process.

NatureFlex™ 42NE-RW offers excellent clarity and gloss to maximise visual on-shelf impact and has superb deadfold characteristics to give a crisp, tight wrap and enhanced stiffness for optimum film-feed.

The film has an extremely wide heat sealing temperature range which minimises mis-wraps and machine downtime, whilst eliminating the need for glue for an all together cleaner packing process.

The seals achieved are peelable to enable easy opening without tearing so that re-closure tabs can be applied.

The integrity achieved at the seals by heat sealing, along with the product’s excellent moisture barrier, ensure that the paper is protected throughout its distribution.

Innovia Films believes NatureFlex™ 42NE-RW is the perfect partner to cut-size paper and may well prove to be as significant a development as the introduction of the very first transparent wrap.

Says Innovia Films Global Marketing Manager for Packaging, Fred Garment: "Wrapping cut paper in a material which comes from the same natural source - wood - fits exceptionally well within sustainable and environmentally-responsible corporate policies.

"The on-line and on-pack performance of NatureFlex™ 42NE-RW is sufficient to earn it a place in cut paper wrapping but when you add its eco-credentials it is sure to be a winner."

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