Compostable packaging producer TIPA and shelf-life extension specialist PerfoTec have partnered to offer compostable packaging that reportedly extends the shelf-life of fresh produce. 

TIPA and PerfoTec say that their solutions, which utilise laser microperforated compostable films, have been found to extend the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables and flowers by up to two times. 

According to TIPA, its compostable packaging performs like a conventional plastic, but decomposes in compost back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics or other pollutants. The company also says that its solutions mesh with existing industry machinery and manufacturing practices. 

Meanwhile, PerfoTec’s patented High Precision Laser Technology facilitates longer shelf-life by adapting the permeability of food packaging. 

TIPA predicts that the growing market share for alternatives to conventional plastic, like compostable films, will be a key contributor to the growth of the global flexible packaging market. The size of the market is expected to increase from $160.8 billion to $200.5 billion by 2025.

PerfoTec’s CEO, Bas Groeneweg, said: “After months of trials with this film, we realised that TIPA’s compostable film combined with PerfoTec’s patented laser perforation provided the best shelf-life for fruits, vegetables and flowers by far. It provides longer shelf-life and freshness which means fewer quality losses, less food waste and cost savings for producers and retailers.  

“Partnering with TIPA to create compostable packaging that can outperform conventional plastic is a hugely exciting step forward for sustainable packaging. We’re delighted to be playing our part in the stride against quality losses, food waste and plastic pollution.” 

Ayellet Zinger, VP of sales for TIPA, added: “In combining our technologies, TIPA and PerfoTec form a synergistic partnership that optimises flexible packaging for produce.

“We have created an exceptional product that extends the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables and flowers with a protective and fully compostable film that decomposes just like the product its packaging. TIPA and PerfoTec bring huge added value for flexible produce packaging, reducing food and packaging waste, and providing solutions for the future of sustainable packaging.”