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Fair trade tea French company, Les Jardins de Gaïa recently decided to pack its range of organic teas in individual sachets made fom Innovia Films’ compostable cellulose-based material, NatureFlex™ NVR. Founded in 1994, Les Jardins de Gaïa is a Fair Trade, organic tea company based in Wittisheim near Strasbourg. As part of their philosophy of selling natural organic products, they wanted to wrap their tea in natural packaging.

API and SACMI, together to develop a biodegradable cap

The converter in this application is leading Germanbased tea packer TPS from Soltau. Colourful designs distinguish Les Jardins de Gaïa teas from other tea packaging designs on the market. According to Jean Baptiste Dubois, Marketing of Les Jardins de Gaïa, “We wanted to keep our product safe and in premium condition and do something that would stand out from the crowd. NatureFlex films ensure we are proud of our packaging!” “We were delighted to assist Les Jardins de Gaïa via TPS from Soltau, Germany in realising their sustainability goals. Alongside the environmental benefits, NatureFlex films also offer a host of advantages for packing and converting such as inherent dead fold and anti-static properties, high gloss and resistance to grease and oil, good barrier to gases, aromas and mineral oils, a wide heat-seal range and easy opening,” stated Neil Banerjee, Market Developer, Innovia Films. NatureFlex was an obvious choice in this application as the film begins life as a natural product – wood - and breaks down at the end of its lifecycle in a home compost bin (or industrial compost environment) within a matter of weeks. It is also confirmed as suitable for emerging waste to energy techniques such as anaerobic digestion. MT

When it comes to innovation and sustainability, the development of new materials and the optimisation of processing technologies are equally important goals. API Spa is a long-standing company with a wealth of experience in the soft thermoplastic compounds field and is also a leader in the biopolymer industry. Now, together with SACMI – an international group leading in the world of machines for Packaging (a sector that includes Beverage and Closures&Containers) – API has produced a 100% biodegradable mineral water bottle cap. Presented at PACKOLOGY 2013, and Drinktec 2013 in the SACMI for the Environment area - a green tour that will also be set up on the SACMI stand for K’2013 - the biodegradable, compostable cap proved to be a big hit, arousing considerable levels of interest and curiosity. The cap was obtained starting from a compound belonging to the APINAT BIO range; thanks to their chemical structure and versatility, these compounds can easily be processed using widely available technology and have an extensive application range, being used in industries as varied as footwear, agriculture and, of course, packaging. Thanks to the unique rheology and behaviour of the molten material, Apinat Bio has been able to take full advantage of the cap-making compression technology for which SACMI is so renowned; the flexibility of this technology has, in fact, resulted in optimisation of the Apinat compound and attainment of outstanding production, functional, biodegradability and compostability performance of the cap. Stemming from a joint project by API Spa and SACMI, this latest development confirms and reinforces both firms’ mutual commitment to the high-innovation development needed to resolve the planet’s burgeoning environmental issues.

Individual tea sachets from Les Jardins de Gaïa wrapped in compostable NatureFlex NVR from Innovia Films


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