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 composting bins where it will break down leaving no toxic pollutants behind.
TIPA said T.LAM 608 will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from food waste being sent to landfill by offering consumers the convenience of disposing of their food in their home composting bins whilst still in its packaging – eliminating the need to separate any food from the packaging it came in.
When sent to landfill, food rots and releases methane, a greenhouse gas approximately 80 times more powerful at warming the planet as carbon dioxide. According to charity Garden Organic, a single home compost bin diverts approximately 150kg of waste from landfill each year.
The launch marks the latest addition to TIPA’s portfolio of packaging solutions designed to substitute conventional plastic.
The manufacturer describes TIPA’s T.LAM 608 as a 2-ply transparent 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 gusseted pouches, pillow bag and bar wrapper and is available as reels for VFFS and HFFS machinery.
Developed to support pioneering food and supplement brands transitioning away from conventional plastic, it is suitable for packing energy bars, dried fruit, nuts, pulses, grains, cereals, granola, spices, dry pasta, ready meals and more.
Eli Lancry, vice president, technology of TIPA, said: “T.LAM 608 is one of the most exciting developments I’ve worked on. We’ve created a packaging solution that really does work for both people and planet. It’s home compostable and it performs like conventional plastic, offering consumer convenience alongside reassurance for brands that the quality of their product will be protected.”