Two European converters launched 80% to 100% bio-derived and industrially compostable film/paper laminates late last year that are opaque white and printable, capable of replacing petro-derived film laminates. Wipf Holding Co. in Volketswil, Switzerland, created a stiff, 80% to 97% bio-derived bag prototype. It’s made of adhesive-laminated paper and blown film made by Petroplast/Vinora in Switzerland out of Mater-bi starch resin from Novamont in Italy (U.S. office in Ridgefield, Conn.). The bag is aimed at packages for dry or moist foods like coffee, tea, cereal, or pet food. It complies with Italian compostable bag regulation UNI10785. Meanwhile, Alcan Packaging in Dublin, Ireland, launched a bio-based film laminate certified fully compostable (including adhesives and inks) to replace PP film. It has a glossy surface film of Natureflex cellophane made by Innovia Films in the U.K. (U.S. office in Atlanta). This is laminated to Mater-bi blown film produced by Biobag International of Norway (U.S. office in Palm Harbor, Fla.). The laminate reportedly meets both the European Union EN 13432 spec and ASTM D 6400 standard for compostability. It’s commercial in packages for organic cereal from Jordans Cereal in the U.K. (877) 822-3456 • www.innoviafilms.com (727) 789-1646 • www.biobagusa.com (203) 438-5904 • www.novamont.com
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