The new laminate has the same functionality as TIPA’s T.LAM 607 but is TUV OK Home Compost certified, meaning it can be disposed of in home compost bins where it will decompose leaving no toxic pollutants.
TIPA said T.LAM 608 will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food waste sent to landfill by giving consumers the option of disposing of their food in their home compost bins while staying in their packaging – eliminating the need to separate food from the packaging it came in.
When sent to landfill, food rots and releases methane, a greenhouse gas about 80 times more potent at warming the planet than carbon dioxide. According to the charity Garden Organic, a single household compost bin diverts around 150kg of waste from landfill each year.
The launch marks the latest addition to TIPA’s portfolio of packaging solutions designed to replace conventional plastic.
The manufacturer describes TIPA’s T.LAM 608 as a 2-ply clear laminate with medium barrier and excellent sealing, optical and mechanical properties. It can be converted into pre-made bags such as stand-up pouches, zipper pouches, open pouches, side gusset pouches, pillow pouches and bar wrappers and is available in reel form for machines VFFS and HFFS.
Developed to support pioneering food and supplement brands moving away from conventional plastic, it is suitable for packaging energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, legumes, grains, cereals, granola, spices, dry pasta, ready meals and more.
Eli Lancry, Vice President, Technology of TIPA, said, “The T.LAM 608 is one of the most exciting developments I have worked on. We’ve created a packaging solution that really works for people and the planet. It is compostable at home and functions like conventional plastic, providing consumer convenience as well as reassurance for brands that the quality of their product will be protected.