Innovia Films’ compostable cellulose-based material NatureFlex NVR has been selected by Germany-based Lebensbaum, to pack its range of organic teas
Germany-based Lebensbaum producers organic tea, coffee and herbs and has been established since 1979.
Introducing packaging materials based on renewable resources is part of Lebensbaum’s sustainability strategy as Dr Achim Mayr, managing director, said: “NatureFlex combines the packaging quality and functionality we are looking for with our ambitioned environmental consciousness, which fits with our mission.”
According to Innovia, NatureFlex film begins life as a natural product, wood (from managed plantations operating on good forestry principals, FSC or equivalent) and breaks down in a home compost bin (or industrial compost environment) within a matter of weeks.
“We are delighted to offer new innovative packaging solutions based on NatureFlex especially for the tea and coffee industry,” said Innovia Films sales account manager Joachim Janz.
Mineral oil barrier
Janz added: “Our customers can tick various boxes easily relating to product safety and the objective to use a sustainable packaging material.
“NatureFlex films offer both suitable aroma barrier and a functional barrier to mineral oil migration which has been scientifically confirmed to last for five years. Mineral oil barrier is especially welcome in the tea industry, where recent German publications highlight that various tea products have weaknesses concerning mineral oil protection.
“The use of renewable cellulose derived from certified managed plantations and the fact it is certified home compostable rounds off this new packaging solution!”