Compostable Coffee Packaging Solution

Innovia Films Ltd

Innovia Films' compostable, cellulose-based material, NatureFlexTM is helping a New Zealand coffee roaster meet its commitment to being socially and environmentally responsible.

Caffe Prima, based in Christchurch, has chosen to use 'Econic'® coffee bags.  The bags were specifically developed by New Zealand converter, Convex Plastics, using NatureFlexTM renewable and compostable films in their construction.

Caffe Prima Choose NatureFlexTM 'Econic'® Coffee Bags

NatureFlexTM 'Econic'® Coffee Bags

"Coffee is a very demanding product to package because maintaining freshness and taste is absolutely paramount.  Packs have to be puncture and impact resistant and offer high barrier and good seal integrity to keep oxygen out and aroma in.  Coupled with this, Caffe Prima, was looking for a solution that was kind to the environment.  NatureFlexTM ticked all the boxes as far as we were concerned," said Andrew Sheerin, Technical Manager, Convex Plastics.

A laminate construction was produced using three flexible films that are certified compostable and renewable - A reverse printed clear NatureFlexTM / High-Barrier Metallised NatureFlexTM / Starch based biopolymer.

"Achieving success with partners such as Convex means that our NatureFlexTM films are well positioned to provide solutions to converters and brand owners. Especially those seeking to meet consumer demand for packaging made from renewable resources," said Robin Dearnley, Australia and New Zealand Sales Manager for Innovia Films.

NatureFlexTM films are certified to meet the American ASTM D6400, European EN13432 and Australian AS4736 standards for compostable packaging.  The wood-pulp is sourced from managed plantations from referenced suppliers operating Good Forestry principals (FSC or equivalent).  The renewable biobased content of NatureFlexTM films is typically 95% by weight of material according to ASTM D6866.  NatureFlexTM has been confirmed as suitable for emerging 'waste to energy' techniques such as anaerobic digestion, aiding the diversion of organic wastes from landfill.

NatureFlexTM was an obvious solution for use in this application as the film begins life as a natural product - wood - and breaks down at the end of its lifecycle in a home compost bin (or industrial compost environment) within a matter of weeks.

Innovia Films is a leading global manufacturer of two ‘families' of speciality products supplied into the packaging, labels, tobacco overwrap and securities markets - Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) and Cellulose based films. 

Our films are sold to converters, brand-owners and end-users across the globe. They become part of the packaging, labelling or overwrap solution for some of the world's best known brands across a wide variety of everyday consumer goods. These include chocolates, perfume, cheese, teabags, shampoo, cigarettes, beer and biscuits. 

We have production sites in the UK, USA, Belgium and Australia and operate a network of sales offices, agents and distributors throughout the world. 

Worldwide we employ 1,350 people and our focus is on delivering high quality speciality products, maintaining strong customer relationships, Research & Development and unsurpassed service. 

With a turnover in excess of Ð400m, our total annual film production capacity currently stands at more than 120,000 tonnes.

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