TIPA has launched its new 312MET home- and industrially-compostable barrier film to package nuts and crisps, designed to provide a high barrier that does not require an additional sealing layer for full effectiveness.
The company claims that its film, announced at London Packaging Week, will combat the 290,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste generated in the UK every year, as approximated by WRAP. Only six percent of that figure is said to be recycled, the rest being sent to landfill.
With Britain supposedly consuming six billion packets of crisps and other salty snacks per year, it is thought that putting compostable packaging into circulation will lower waste levels without jeopardising demand for the products.
TIPA also suggests that its new design can withstand the corrosive properties of salt and oil from the crisps and nuts it is set to package – a factor said to have been missing from similar designs in the past. Combined with the high barrier, this property is thought to result in thinner packaging, cutting down on waste.
“TIPA endeavours to always remain on the forefront of developing innovative, planet-friendly technology,” said Dr. Eli Lancry, chief technology officer at TIPA. “We are proud to launch a film that performs just like traditional plastic with an extremely high barrier, offering customers convenience and reassurance that the quality of their product will be protected.
“This is only one of many novelty products we have and will produce in our R&D center.”