Innovia Films’ compostable, cellulose-based material, NatureFlex™ NVS, is helping to spread the healthy eating message in Italian schools.
The EU funded ‘Frutta nelle Scuole’ (School Fruit Scheme) ensures children aged 6-11 years old are given individually wrapped portions of fresh organic fruit to enjoy during the school day.
The transparent NatureFlex™ NVS film used in this application is converted and sold to packers by Italian company, CORAPACK Srl, founded by Massimo Radice. Corapack has many years experience in perforating and printing various flexible films.
Fabrizio Radice, Sales Manager, Corapack, explained “NatureFlex™ NVS was the ideal choice to flow wrap the fruit as it not only protects the product inside, due to its semi-permeability to moisture, but also provides good machinability and printability, ensuring a nice pack appearance. In addition the film has excellent environmental attributes such as being compostable and made from renewable resources.”
Beginning life as a natural product, wood (from managed plantations operating on good forestry principals, FSC or equivalent), NatureFlex™ is certified compostable in both home and industrial composting environments and is also suitable for anaerobic digestion.
NatureFlex™ offers advantages for packing and converting such as inherent dead fold and anti-static properties, high gloss and transparency, resistance to grease and oil, good barrier to gases, aromas and mineral oils and a wide heat-seal range.
“We are very happy to be involved in this project supporting our customer, Corapack, who promoted the usage of our NatureFlex™ film for the ‘Frutta nelle Scuole’ project. This scheme encourages school children to eat fresh organic fruit, which stays in premium condition due to being wrapped in NatureFlex™,” enthused Giorgio Berton, TS&D Specialist, Innovia Films.
NatureFlex™ NVS has been specifically formulated to offer improved stiffness under chill cabinet conditions and a controlled level of moisture permeability with a heat-sealable conversion-friendly coating on both sides.
Innovia Films is a leading global manufacturer of two ‘families’ of speciality products supplied into the packaging, labels, tobacco overwrap and securities markets - Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) and Cellulose based films.
Our films are sold to converters, brand-owners and end-users across the globe. They become part of the packaging, labelling or overwrap solution for some of the world’s best known brands across a wide variety of everyday consumer goods. These include chocolates, perfume, cheese, teabags, shampoo, cigarettes, beer and biscuits.
We have production sites in the UK, USA, Belgium and Australia and operate a network of sales offices, agents and distributors throughout the world.
Worldwide we employ 1,350 people and our focus is on delivering high quality speciality products, maintaining strong customer relationships, Research & Development and unsurpassed service.
With a turnover in excess of Є400m, our total annual film production capacity currently stands at more than 120,000 tonnes.