One of the leading European producers of hygienic tampons TOSAMA has switched to using film which will biodegrade in waste water to wrap its tampons.
NatureFlex NE30, from Innovia Films, is one of a small number of packaging materials which meets the criteria of the Miti Test (ISO 14851) for ambient aqueous biodegradability.
Manufactured from wood pulp from managed plantations, NatureFlex will fully biodegrade in water in under 24 days*.
TOSAMA, which is based in Vir near Domžale, Slovenia, says its use of NatureFlex reflects consumer demand for more eco-friendly packaging. As the director of the company’s Logistic Centre, Gornik Franc explains: "One of the goals of TOSAMA is to move towards using only biodegradable packaging materials that are friendly to the environment.
"Wrapping tampons in biodegradable material is accepted by the market and may eventually be expected by the consumer."
The company is expanding rapidly with sales of private label tampons across Europe, as well in China and Australia. Their range also includes branded Viriana tampons, which has an almost 20% market share of tampons on Slovenian market.
As well as their biodegradable and compostable capabilities, NatureFlex films have an extremely wide heat sealing range from 70˚C to 200˚C for excellent high speed line performance without compromising pack seals.
NE30 is coated on both sides with a high moisture barrier sealant layer and has natural deadfold properties. NatureFlex tear tapes are also available.
* Tested by OWS, Belgium