TIPA has launched its first home compostable, highly transparent laminate for food packaging, which it says will give end-consumers authority over their own waste management.
The new T.LAM 608 laminate, which is OK compost HOME certified by UV Austria, has the same functionality as the company's T.LAM 607 but can be disposed of in home composting bins where it will break down, leaving no toxic pollutants behind, the company claims.
As with TIPA’s entire home compostable products line, T.LAM 608 will also, the company says, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from food waste being sent to landfill by offering consumers the convenience of disposing of their food in their home composting bins while still in its packaging – eliminating the need to separate any food from the packaging it came in.
When sent to landfill, food decomposes and releases methane, a greenhouse gas approximately 80 times more powerful at warming the planet as carbon dioxide. A single home compost bin diverts approximately 150kg of waste from landfill each year.
TIPA’ says its T.LAM 608 is a 2-ply transparent laminate with medium barrier and "excellent" sealing, optical and mechanical properties. It can be converted into pre-made bags such as stand-up pouches, zipper pouches, open pouches, side gusseted pouches, pillow bag and bar wrapper; and is available as reels for both vertical and horizontal form fill sealing machinery.
Developed to support pioneering food and supplement brands transitioning away from conventional plastic, the new laminate is suitable for packing energy bars, dried fruit, nuts, pulses, grains, cereals, granola, spices, dry pasta, ready meals and more.
“TIPA is constantly innovating and developing new solutions built with the environment and our customers in mind, and T.LAM 608 is one of the most exciting developments I’ve worked on. We’ve created a packaging solution that really does work for both people and planet. It’s home compostable and it performs like conventional plastic, offering consumer convenience alongside reassurance for brands that the quality of their product will be protected,” said Dr Eli Lancry, TIPA's vice president,Technology.
In Australia, TIPA recently announced a partnership with Amcor Flexibles to bring its compostable technology to the ANZ region. TIPA materials will be manufactured at Amcor sites in the region.