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bioplasticsMAGAZINE_1806

Films/Flexibles/Bags

Films/Flexibles/Bags What’s new in cellulose based films When Futamura acquired its cellulose films business in 2016, including the trademark brands Cellophane and NatureFlex, the business was already braced for positive change, with early investment from owners Futamura, the cellulose films business based in Wigton (Cumbria, UK) and Tecumseh (Kansas, USA), strengthened its core production facilities and planned for strategic growth. Then who could have foreseen that the broadcast of one BBC nature documentary, Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, would put the metaphorical cat amongst the pigeons (or catfish amongst the shrimp?) turning this plastic world as we know it upside down and placing a spotlight on bio-material alternatives to single-use conventional plastics. Traditionally, renewable and compostable NatureFlex films are in popular with ethical companies wanting to do the right thing with their packaging, and increasingly from new business start-ups who want to get their sustainable packaging journey kicked off on the right foot, right through to retailers and large brand owners who are more and more considering bio-alternatives to conventional plastic films for main stream brands. NatureFlex is ideal for flexible applications packaging fresh produce, as well as dry products such as tea and coffee. However, there are great success stories when laminated to other bio-materials such as; The Curiosity Co. bacon, which has received much attention following the launch of the UK’s first so-called PLASTIC FREE ® aisle at the Thornton’s Budgens Bellsize park store in early November. In addition to bacon packs, NatureFlex was used by Budgen’s to replace cling film for wrapping their deli cheese, and could be found in numerous flexible packs in store ranging from the recently launched Two Farmer’s crisp range to Tea Pigs. The Plastic Free Trustmark, created by A Plastic Planet, states in its criteria that a flexible package must be certified to the EN13432 standard and / or TÜV Austria Home compost, making NatureFlex the ideal solution either on its own or laminated to other certified compostable biomaterials. Other applications using NatureFlex films include pouches, cereal liners, coffee capsules (lidding), and sachets for tea, coffee, herbs and spices and flow wraps for chocolate bars, overwrap for yeast, tea cartons and many more everyday items. MT www.futamuragroup.com 12 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/18] Vol. 13

Automotive Events bioplastics MAGAZINE presents: bio PAC call for papers Conference on Biobased Packaging 28 - 29 May 2019 - Düsseldorf, Germany Biobased packaging » can be recyclable and/or compostable » fits into the circular economy of the future » is made from renewable resources or waste streams » can offer environmental benefits in the end-of-life phase » can offer innovative features and beneficial barrier properties » can help to reduce the depletion of finite fossil resources and CO 2 emissions That‘s why bioplastics MAGAZINE (in cooperation with Green Serendipity) is now organizing the third edition of bio PAC The 2 day-conference will be held on the 28 th and 29 th of May 2019 in Düssseldorf, Germany Confirmed speakers include: BASF (Martin Bussmann), Ecoplaza (Steven Iijzerman), FKuR (Patrick Zimmermann), Novamont (Albertro Castellanza), Green Serendipity (Caroli Buitenhuis), Bio4pack (Patrick Gerritsen), Braskem (Marco Jansen), nova-Institute (Michael Carus), European Bioplastics, narocon (Harald Kaeb) Call for Papers is still open: Please send your proposal to mt@bioplasticsmagazine.com supported by Coorganized by Gold Sponsor 1 st Media Partner Media Partner #bio-pac www.bio-pac.info

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