At Bioplastics in Packaging - Interpack 2008, Innovia Films will be launching a new grade of NatureFlex film, NVR. NatureFlex is a biodegradable and compostable flexible film for packaging and labels.
NatureFlex NVR belongs to the second generation of Innovia Films’ compostable and biodegradable product range, together with NatureFlex NVS and NatureFlex NM.
NatureFlex NVR has been specifically formulated to offer enhanced print and conversion receptivity and has an intermediate moisture barrier with heat-sealability on both sides.
“Visitors to our stand at Interpack 2008: Bioplastics in Packaging will be able to see samples of NatureFlex NVR on display as part of our NatureFlex range. The development of NatureFlex NVR demonstrates yet again, innovation leading the way and our R&D expertise coming to the fore,” said Andy Sweetman, Innovia Films’ market development manager - sustainable technologies.
Other key features of NatureFlex NVR include:
- Good dead-fold properties
- Improved stiffness under chill cabinet conditions
- Good barrier to gases and aromas and resistance to oils and greases
- Target applications for NVR include bakery, confectionery and dried foods such as pasta, pulses and rice
NatureFlex NVR is based on renewable wood pulp sourced from managed plantations, which either have, or are working towards, FSC, PEFC or similar certification.
The renewable or bio-based content of a range of NatureFlex films has been determined by ASTM D6866 and shown to be circa 95%.
The NatureFlex range of films is biodegradable and certified as compostable (according to EN13432 and ASTM D6400). In addition to industrial composting, the product has also reached the standard required for soil, home composting and will biodegrade in a waste water environment.
NatureFlex films are stiffer and more oriented than many bio-polymers currently on the market, which makes them ideal for use in standard flow-wrap and form-fill-seal equipment for food packaging.
Glossy and transparent, they are also static-free for easy handling. They offer natural and organic product manufacturers the ability to align their packaging message with the spirit of their product marketing.
Innovia Films is exhibiting at Bioplastics in Packaging – Interpack 2008 at Düsseldorf Messe, Hall 7a, stand E15 from April 24-30.