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News Herbs And Spices

News Herbs And Spices Packed in High Barrier Film Austrian producer, Sonnentor, decided to wrap its range of herbs and spices in Innovia Films’ high barrier compostable cellulose-based material, NatureFlex NK. This film offers not only biodegradability and compostability, but also a moisture barrier approaching that of co-extruded OPP. This means it has the best moisture barrier of any biopolymer film currently available, which has been achieved through Innovia Films’ unique coating technology. Kids in UK planted trees for a better understanding World famous environmentalist David Bellamy explained the benefits of biodiversity and habitat creation to fascinated children at two schools in Bedfordshire, UK. Together with the kids he planted trees donated by Marchant Manufacturing Ltd., manufacturers of compostable bags. Tree Appeal are managing the environmental initiative, set up by Marchant Manufacturing, which is working to make the compostable bags used by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Waste Team, even greener. By donating trees to be planted, Marchant Manufacturing and Stanelco BioPlastics are offsetting their environmental footprint, helping their customer contribute to the balance of the natural world, and educating local children about their environment. Children at both Russell Lower School in Ampthill and Southlands Lower School in Biggleswade produced imaginative drawings about the event showing their understanding of recycling food waste and the importance of trees. Sonnentor was founded over 20 years ago in the ‘Waldviertel’ region by Johannes Gutmann. He wanted to sell locally grown and dried organic herbs and spices with the emphasis on traditional harvesting and refining methods, innovation and Fair Trade principles. The company has gone from strength to strength and employs 100 people in Austria, with % of its product exported. Outlining why Sonnentor chose NatureFlex to package its herbs and spices, Gutmann comments, “Sonnentor’s formula for success is innovative product concepts and high-quality, carefully selected organic ingredients. This organic way requires innovative solutions for our packaging. NatureFlex plays an important part in our sustainability and successful future.” “With its excellent barrier properties, NatureFlex NK fills a major gap in the compostable materials market. Now dry, moisture-sensitive foods can also be wrapped using a compostable solution. We anticipate this will open up a host of new opportunities both for NatureFlex on its own, or as part of a laminate solution with other biofilms,” exclaims Andy Sweetman, Innovia Films’ Global Marketing Manager, Sustainable Technologies. NatureFlex NK is a transparent, general purpose packaging grade suitable for various applications eg dried foods (biscuits, cereals, crisps, snack bars etc). The product is also ideal for lamination to other biofilms. NatureFlex NK is available in 20, 23, 30, 4 micron thicknesses and can be used for a variety of pack formats – VFFS, flow wrap, twistwrap and overwrap. 28 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/09] Vol. 4

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