TIPA tackles waste with compostable barrier film that surmounts the ‘corrosive’ properties of salty snacks

By Gill Hyslop contact

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TIPA Corp has unveiled a compostable barrier film for salty snacks laminate. Pic: TIPA
TIPA Corp has unveiled a compostable barrier film for salty snacks laminate. Pic: TIPA

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The Israeli biodegradable plastic packaging specialist has unveiled an innovative compostable film – which acts as a laminate for the so-called ‘caustic’ properties of salty snacks – at London Packaging Week.

Britain is the third highest consumer of salty snacks worldwide, eating six billion pack of potato crisps (chips) and other nibbles every year.

That’s a lot of treats – but also a lot of salt and oil content, which act as corrosives and make it hard to package these snacks in compostable materials.

According to the climate action watchdog WRAP, the UK disposes of 290,000 tonnes of plastic bags and wrapping annually. Only 6% of this is being recycled – the rest is relegated to already-stressed landfill.

TIPA Corp is poised to change this scenario with its new compostable innovation.

Size does matter

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Its 312MET film has superior sealing properties and a particularly high barrier that enables quick converting without the need for an additional sealing layer. This also makes it a thinner product – a major advantage in this inflationary and increasing eco-conscious landscape.

“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,”​ said Dr Eli Lancry, TIPA’s chief tech officer.

The launch is the latest innovation from TIPA, which was founded in 2010 by Daphna Nissenbaum and Tal Neuman to address the challenge that flexible plastic packaging poses on the planet.

Planet-friendly tech

TIPA’s vision for flexible packaging is to have the same end-of-life as organic matter, leaving no waste behind.

The Hod HaSharon-headquartered company’s portfolio of compostable packaging meet the same performance standards as conventional plastics – like durability, transparency, barrier, seal ability, printability and shelf life – but without the associated factors like toxic residue, microplastics or other pollutants.

“TIPA endeavours to always remain on the forefront of developing innovative, planet-friendly technology,”​ added Dr Lancry.

“This is only one of many novelty products we have and will produce in our R&D centre.”

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