TIPA has unveiled T. LAM 608, which it says is certified transparent laminate that can be disposed of in home composting bins.

According to the company, the new laminate has the same functionality as TIPA’s T. LAM 607 but is also TUV OK Home Compost certified, apparently meaning that it will break down inside of in-home composting bins without leaving toxic pollutants behind.

TIPA says it developED T. LAM 608 in response to demand for laminate that offers good barrier and transparency properties while giving end-consumers authority over their own waste management. The new laminate from TIPA offers a medium barrier with “excellent” sealing, optical, and mechanical properties.

In addition, it can be converted for use in applications including pre-made bags such as stand-up pouches, zipper pouches, open pouches, side gusseted pouches, pillow bags, and bar wrappers. The company says it is suitable for packaging food products like energy bars, dried fruit, nuts, pulses, cereals, spices, dry pasta, and ready meals.

It is also available as reels for VFFS and HFFS machinery.

The company adds that the home compostable range of laminates will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from food waste being sent to landfill as consumers are able to dispose of food waste alongside the packaging, within the need to separate it. By diverting waste from landfill, this reportedly reduces methane emissions.

Dr Eli Lancry, VP Technology of TIPA, comments: “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.”  

Earlier this year, TIPA collaborated with PerfoTec to create compostable packaging that reportedly performs like conventional plastic and also extends the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables, and flowers by up to two times. The company has also worked with Riverford, an organic grocery box delivery service, to replace 1.25 million plastic bags each year with home compostable alternatives.