Italian packaging company Corapack has used Futamura’s renewable and compostable NatureFlex cellulose films as a compostable barrier lidding structure for trays.
The material is claimed to be an ideal alternative to conventional plastics that often end up in landfill.
The high-barrier NatureFlex film is laminated to an internal sealing bio-polymer so that the final structure, certified compostable, can be heat-sealed to compostable base trays made from bio-polymers or wood pulp.
Sustainable wood pulp harvested from managed plantations is used to produce NatureFlex films, which are also certified to both EU (EN13432) and US (ASTMD6400) composting standards.
Apart from industrial composting, the product has reached the standard required for home composting and it offers a barrier against moisture, aroma and gasses.
Futamura Italian regional sales manager Giorgio Berton said: “This application is another great example of a successful collaboration where renewable and compostable NatureFlex films have been selected as a real alternative to conventional plastics; this means the brand owner can be happy that they are providing an environmentally responsible solution without compromising on functionality.”
Futamura Chemicals Company is a producer of plastic and cellulose (NatureFlex & Cellophane) films.
After acquiring Innovia Films cellulose business, Futamura has expanded its global footprint with production sites in the UK, US and Japan.