Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, has developed one of Europe's first fully printed compostable laminates for UK-based cereal maker Jordans. Developed and manufactured by the unit's Dublin, Ireland, plant, the bio-based films, as well as the inks and adhesives used in its conversion, has been certified DIN EN 13432 by Dincertco, a European norm for compostable and biodegradable packaging.
This compostable and biodegradable alternative to polypropylene structures and laminated metallised plastic films was launched following three years of research. "Alcan Packaging is always looking at new ways to expand its product offering and this innovative compostable packaging is the embodiment of our continued efforts in research and development," said Michael Cronin, president, Food Packaging Europe.
The packaging is made using two different certified compostable films. The outer layer is cellulose-derived from GM-free wood pulp and the inner layer is derived from GM-free cornstarch. The finished pack provides the same look and feel as a heavy-weight plastic film alternative, with a glossy, printable surface and a tactile finish. The pack is biodegradable and suitable for industrial composting. This innovative packaging was introduced with Jordans' Organic brand range re-launch.
"This laminate is ideal for food packaging as it offers both on-shelf appeal and barrier properties, ensuring product protection and integrity as well as food freshness and preservation," said Rachel Kerr, spokesperson at Jordans. "This is an exciting development and will go some way to addressing the current concerns around packaging and its disposal. We look forward to seeing what the future holds." For more information about Jordans, please visit http://www.jordanscereals.co.uk.