Innovia Films and Sappi Fine Paper Europe have combined their respective compostable substrates NatureFlex and Algro Nature, in order to offer an alternative that combines traditional technical properties and equivalent packaging performance.
The companies have collaborated in response to a new EU Packaging Directive, which is set to come into force in 2014.
The directive will place the responsibility for making sure that 'packaging is not excessive for the purpose intended and is suitable for recycling, energy recovery or composting' with the packaging producer.
Using their products, both the companies began developing sample pack structures for end users in the food, confectionery and home and personal care industries.
Initially the companies created a stand-up pouch, and later devised a new selection of pack types to demonstrate versatility in application and formats, while representing feasible laminate replacements for oil based paper/polyolefin laminates.
Cellulose-based products NatureFlex and Algro Nature are manufactured from renewable resources, wood sourced from managed forests.
Innovia's NatureFlex flexible packaging films, which also offer better print and conversion capability, provide a moisture barrier that can be adapted to meet the requirements of the product to be packed.
Algro Nature from Sappi is a one side coated, glossy paper.
Both can be used in applications such as confectionery or snack wrappers, soup pouches, sugar sachets and pharmaceutical sachets, among others.
Sappi business development manager Antoine de Forton said home composting is recognised by most of the European countries as a viable opportunity for managing some of the domestic household waste stream.
"It empowers home owners to take responsibility for their own degradable waste. Packs made from compostable packaging such as the Innovia Films and Sappi solution makes this task much easier," Forton said.
Image: Innovia Films and Sappi Fine Paper team up to create new compostable pack types; Photo: Courtesy of Innovia Films.