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March 27, 2018

Futamura and Bio4Pack to develop compostable packaging for De Halm

Plastic and cellulose films manufacturer Futamura has partnered with sustainable packaging producer Bio4Pack to develop a compostable packing solution for Dutch organic cereal producer De Halm.

Plastic and cellulose films manufacturer Futamura has partnered with sustainable packaging producer Bio4Pack to develop a compostable packing solution for Dutch organic cereal producer De Halm.

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The two companies will use NatureFlex cellulose films and Tipa film.

Sourced from renewable and sourced wood pulp, the NatureFlex cellulose films reportedly provide barrier properties against moisture, gases and mineral oils.

“It is an easy substitute for some conventional plastics, especially for dry produce, such as the De Halm cereal bag.”

The pack enables the De Halm to sell its products in a plastic-free packaging with increased shelf life.

Futamura Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sales and marketing manager Andy Sweetman said: “It is an easy substitute for some conventional plastics, especially for dry produce, such as the De Halm cereal bag.

“We are looking forward to the plastic-free aisle concept developing in other countries.”

The biomaterial used allows consumers to throw away the pack in the green waste bins that the Dutch Government accepts for recycling.

The NatureFlex cellulose films are laminated to Tipa film in order to offer improved sealability for the cereal’s packaging.

Bio4Pack director Patrick Gerritsen said: “We have used NatureFlex films for many of our packs as they are fully compostable and easily converted, which means we can use them on their own, or, as with the De Halm pack, as part of a more complex bio-laminate structure.”

The NatureFlex films are independently certified industrial compostable according to the European standard EN13432 and TÜV Austria’s OK Compost Home standard for home composting.

This film is also used in the plastic-free aisles that were recently introduced by supermarket chain Ekoplaza.

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