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Novamont launches compostable film packaging

By Joseph James Whitworth

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Novamont has launched the latest generation of bioplastics under its Mater-Bi portfolio, including a film for food packaging.

Alberto Castellanza, sales manager at the firm, said the packaging is aimed at fresh produce and explained about the mechanical properties.

“First of all a good clarity, a good transparency and a good processability on a standard line for linear density and low density polyethylene,” ​he told FoodProductionDaily.com at K Show in Dusseldorf.

“So this is a good step forward because we believe that this can be a good opportunity to combine performances and compostability in a range of food packaging applications.”

The rigid and transparent grades are for blown, double bubble and bi-oriented cast film and can be printed with water or solvent based inks.

Products from the third and fourth generation of Mater-Bi contain a higher proportion of renewable raw materials to lower greenhouse gas emissions and the dependence on fossil feedstock.

Films that are 20-30 microns thick are compostable in three to five weeks.  

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