A new collaboration will see TIPA incorporate Aquapak’s water-soluble polymer technology with the aim of delivering high-barrier and PVDC-free compostable films for packaging.

According to the companies, the collaboration will provide new, research-led material packaging innovations and organic recycling solutions where there are currently no workable alternatives. TIPA and Aquapak say they will look to meet the functional requirements of packaging and other FMCG markets.

TIPA has already launched a range of compostable films and laminates, including the recently-released T.LAM 608, which is a transparent laminate that is TUV OK Home Compost certified.

Meanwhile, Aquapak’s Hydropol is a water-soluble polymer based on polyvinyl alcohol, which apparently has a synergy with bio-based polymers. Aquapak claims that the polymer offers barrier and strength functionality while being compatible with multiple end-of-life options, including recycling and biodegradability.

As part of the collaboration between the companies, TIPA says it will focus on the introduction of compostable polymers in combination with Hydropol to bring new high-barrier and PVDC-free compostable film technologies to the market. The companies will reportedly also work on a future development that aims to increase the functionality of paper-based packaging.

The companies claim that the combined technologies as a laminated or co-extruded film, either in novel blends or as coatings on paper, will allow for new, cost-effective designs that enhance primary performance and end-of-life outcomes.

Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and co-founder of TIPA, comments: “We are at the forefront of product development using high-quality material solutions – but there is an urgent need to drive more innovation in the industry.

“The collaboration with Aquapak will create a broad range of compostable solutions, and will open doors to combine our skills, amplify the voices supporting organic recycling solutions and introduce more viable alternatives for consumers.”

Mark Lapping, CEO of Aquapak, adds: “The current need for complex material combinations shows there is no ‘silver bullet’ for the material sector that addresses the need for functionality in packaging, whilst creating end-of-life options for designing truly circular packaging solutions.

“Aquapak’s collaboration with TIPA, combines the capabilities of both businesses, to develop these new material combinations at scale, that enable the design of packaging that has both functional performance and environmental responsibility; therefore, increasing the choice of environmental benefits for consumers, without having to compromise on their functionality.”