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Films|Flexibles|Bags New Applications for BoPLA films Biaxially oriented PLA films are widely used on flexible packaging applications, as alternative to oil-based films like PE, PET, PP. Taghleef industries, in cooperation with various converters, is looking beyond traditional packaging, to explore new opportunities for its NATIVIA range of BoPLA (bi-axially oriented) films. Here’s a few examples: Adhesive tapes go green Logotape — a German manufacturer from Harrislee of specialty adhesive tapes, has developed ‘Bio tape’, a biobased alternative to traditional PP or PET products. The environmental advantages of PLA combined with these innovative and eco friendly tapes will help saving resources and minimize carbon footprint, without compromising on performance and processability vs traditional oil-based materials, thanks to the excellent mechanical properties of BoPLA films. Logotape is developing tapes that offer compostability of the film as well as the glue according to EN 13432. The PLA adhesive tapes are fully compatible with the paper and carton recycling process, can be printed and are available in white as well as transparent or brown. Bio-based and compostable self-adhesive labels Self adhesive labels are normally made of paper or films (PP, PE or PET), or a combination of these. They are an excellent, flexible, simple and cost-effective solution to provide information and appeal to the products, but in case of compostable packaging, traditional labels can be an issue. Bio4life from Bleiswijk, The Netherlands, has developed a self adhesive label made of Nativia BoPLA films, which allows all those brand owners who already use compostable packaging to label their product without the risk of breaching the norms on compostability. The BoPLA labels are coated with a compostable permanent adhesive, so that the complete labels are certified by DIN Certco according to EN 13432. The potential applications for such labels are numerous, like for example the tiny labels applied on fruits (apples, oranges, bananas…): same appeal and moisture resistance of oilbased plastics, but compostable altogether! 20 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/11] Vol. 6

group Let’s twist again Constantia Topepal, a leading packaging manufacturer in Spain, has developed a bio-based twist wrap material using a high gloss PLA film. This film can be used for candy, pralines, chocolate, and combines the excellent twist performance and appeal of a metalized film, with the environmental advantages of PLA. Nativia twist films have already been tested with excellent results on ACMA GD and Carle Montanari twist wrap machines bioplastics MAGAZINE & BoPLA films: perfect combination This issue of the bioplastics magazine (just like the last two issues) comes to the subscribers wrapped in a transparent bag made by Maropack and printed by SFV Verpackungen. This is the first commercial application of Nativia in the magazine market. In this case it’s a pre-made bag with adhesive strip, but tests performed in cooperation with SITMA, the world leader in printed media distribution systems have confirmed that the same films can be used on high speed automatic reel-fed wrapping machinery. www.ti– High Quality Film Production: Efficiency, Productivity, Flexibility High uptime, throughput and raw material efficiency Fast product changes Easy operation and low maintenance Reduced manpower and energy consumption Excellent film quality bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/11] Vol. 6 21

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