Sacma has revealed an ovenable bag made from FSC-certified grass paper and a cellulosic inner liner from Futamura, with the pack also said to be recyclable and compostable in home and industrial conditions.

B.Life Gaia serves as an extension of Sacma’s sustainability-minded B.Life packaging range, while the liner originates from Futamura’s NatureFlex range of films. Sacma asserts that the result is a high-performance bag with applications in the rotisserie segment, such as cooked chicken packaging.

The materials’ resistance to high temperatures ensures that the bag is suitable for ovens, hot cabinets, or microwaves for reheating purposes. It has also been tested in temperatures as low as -40°C to ensure its compatibility with freezing.

With its heat-sealable inner layer, the pack is said to be leak-proof, even against juice; it also forms a barrier against grease for consumer convenience. Additionally, it comes with the option of a paper look or a transparent window for product visibility.

Sacma also highlights that the bags are certified as home and industrially compostable as per the OK Compost Home standard, as well as being certified recyclable in the paper stream by Aticelca.

Robert Pellegrino, sales and export manager at Sacma, explains: “The new heat sealable Gaia bags provide the technical performance of conventional plastics laminated to paper, as well as valid end-of-life options after the packaging use. These highly renewable bags are an exciting addition to our product range and are gathering real market interest.”

“We are delighted that our new NatureFlex NVO film has been considered for this food-to-go application,” adds Andy Sweetman, sales and marketing director EMEA at Futamura. “Packaging that has been heavily contaminated by food is impractical to recycle mechanically: having the option to compost the packs enables a valid end-of-life solution.”

Last year, Sacma achieved ISO 14001 certification and are now pursuing ISO 14064 in hopes of becoming carbon neutral in the near future.

Sirane unveiled its own ovenable film and pouch range in January 2023. These materials are printed with water-based inks in a reported first for the packaging industry.

Colpac’s recyclable, food-contact Stagione range was also extended to implement ovenability into its PP-coated packaging.

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