BASF And Fabbri Group Develop Sustainable Cling Film For Fresh-Food Packaging

Monday, February 10th, 2020 | 618 Views


BASF and Fabbri Group have developed a sustainable solution for cling film used in fresh-food packaging. Based on BASF’s certified compostable ecovio, Fabbri Group produced the highly transparent stretch film: Nature Fresh.

Cling or stretch film is a flexible thin film that is predominately used for packaging and applied in a stretch-wrap process. Meat, seafood as well as fruit and vegetables can be wrapped manually or with automatic packaging equipment. The Nature Fresh film made of ecovio is the certified compostable alternative to cling films made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene (PE) so far used in fresh food packaging. It combines optimal breathability for an extended shelf life of fresh food with high transparency and excellent mechanical properties for automatic packaging. At the same time ecovio shows a better water vapor transmission than PE, which is essential for optimal fresh food packaging.

With longer shelf life, the greenhouse gas emissions originating from food that is produced and distributed – but ultimately wasted – can be reduced. After usage Nature Fresh can be composted together with any food waste in home compost or industrial compost according to national legislation. It thus enables organic recycling and helps closing the nutrient loop towards a Circular Economy.

Carsten Sinkel from Global Business Development Biopolymers at BASF says: “We observe a changing market environment: The market is looking for alternatives to PVC that is today’s performance standard for most cling film packaging of fresh produce. PE films are lacking in performance, often leading to a reduced shelf life of packed fresh food. This results in considerable greenhouse gas emissions from food waste: fruits and vegetables, for example, are responsible for 33 percent greenhouse gas emissions from all food waste globally. Our certified compostable ecovio enables the production of a cling film that prolongs shelf life of fresh food and at the same time can be composted after use together with organic waste according to national legislation.” The EU Waste Framework Directive promotes solutions to reduce food waste and increase organic waste collection.

 

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