NatureFlex part of Australian packaging first

Innovia Films‘ biodegradable, compostable and flexible packaging material, NatureFlex is an integral part of a packaging first for the gingerbread biscuit producer.

The NatureFlex pack used for the Gingerbread Folk range of biscuits is the first of its kind in Australia to be certified compostable and carries the ‘seedling’ logo to confirm this. To be certified the material must undergo a stringent test regime, carried out by independent accredited laboratories only, in order to confirm that their inclusion will have no negative effect on soil or compost quality.

Explaining why Gingerbread Folk opted for NatureFlex, Sharman said, “We were looking for environmentally sound packaging to complement our all natural gingerbread and ethical business philosophy. We tried many films but loved the look and feel of NatureFlex and found the material’s properties the most suitable for our purposes. The key factor was home-compostability because we wanted to show the Australian public that it was OK to put these bags in their own home compost bins.”

All NatureFlex films are cellulose based, derived from renewable wood pulp and are certified to meet both the European EN13432 and American ASTM D6400 standards for compostable packaging. The wood-pulp is sourced from managed plantations from referenced suppliers operating Good Forestry principals (FSC or equivalent). NatureFlex films typically have a renewable biobased content of some 95 per cent by weight of material.

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