Three Dutch exporters of flower bulbs-Florex, Kapiteyn, and Mantel Holland- have joined forces to help develop fully compostable packaging for their products. The We Pack Nature consortium's new package is a tri-part lamination of paper, PLA and transparent cellulose film, which enables consumers to see the products before purchase.
The pouch pack was developed by Assen-based converters, Hapece Flexible Packaging, which uses NatureFlex NVS as the transparent, cellulose film. Hapece Flexible Packaging. managing director of Hapece, Marius Draayer, comments, "Our customers were looking for an attractive, quality pack, which was eco-friendly, innovative and would ensure the contents were clearly visible. From a converter's point of view, the addition of NatureFlex NVS to this application has also ensured that the pack can stand upright due to the deadfold properties and stiffness it provides."
The films are certified to meet the European EN13432, American ASTM D6400 and Australian AS4736 standards for compostable packaging, says Innovia Films, which owns the NatureFlex brand. The wood-pulp is sourced from managed plantations from referenced suppliers operating Good Forestry principals (FSC or equivalent), and NatureFlex films typically have a renewable biobased content of some 95 percent by weight of material according to ASTM D6866.