As a UK leading supplier of shrink wrap and bagging machines, Liberty Packaging Systems are proud to announce that we have added compostable packaging film to our film range. This eco-friendly compostable packaging film is made from waste potatoes left out of the food chain in Eastern and Northen Europe, they are processed to release starch and manufactured into granules. The bio granules are then extruded and blown into film in the same way conventional plastics are made.
What’s great about the compostable packaging film is that it is certified as fully home compostable. This means it can be easily disposed of with food waste, garden compost or in green council recycling bins. It is also completely biodegradable and contains no oil based materials, plastics or harmful toxins.
What is Compostable Packaging Film?
Compostable packaging film is made, disposed of and breaks down in a manner that is kinder to the environment than recyclable plastic. It is made from plant-based, recycled materials and can return to earth quickly and safely as soil when disposed of in the right environmental conditions.
Our compostable packaging film is used for bagging items such as food and magazines to secure them in a waterproof, tamper-resistant manner.
Top 5 benefits of using compostable packaging film instead of recyclable film:
1. 100% environmentally friendly
The major benefits to the environment are that compostable packaging film requires less carbon to produce, reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill, reduces levels of pollution in the air, groundwater and soil and provides the earth with life-promoting nutrients. On top of this it helps to conserve resources by reducing the amount of new/virgin materials needed to make packaging.
2. Appeals to consumers concerned about their environmental impact
Three-quarters of shoppers across Europe prefer to buy products with environmentally friendly packaging, according to a 2018 research from leading data provider IRI. That’s already a significant amount of customers and the figure is only likely to increase as younger generations are educated in an era of increased environmental awareness.
3. Improved return on investment
Although compostable packaging film cost a little more than standard wrapping film, taking a pro-active action on climate change sees a higher return on investment than those who do not. This is mainly due to the fact that companies who use compostable packaging film improve their brand image and provide a competitive advantage against others that are not so sustainable.
4. Feeds UK soils and reduces the risk of floods
The UK exports 70% of its paper and 66% of its plastic for recycling, with no idea if it actually gets recycled. China has recently banned imports of household plastics due to food contamination so it ends up in incineration or landfill because it can’t be recycled. With British fields in decline, compostable packaging film returns vital nutrients to the soil, and has the added benefit of improving soil structure, reducing the risk of floods.
5. Contributes to the UK government’s ‘Plastic Pact’
The UK Plastic Pact, introduced in April 2018 aims for businesses to reduce the total amount of plastic packaging. One target is to make 70 per cent of packaging recycled or composted by 2025. Our compostable packaging film is ‘OK compost HOME’ certified, and as councils continue to improve composting facilities, compostable packaging film can be added to garden waste or food waste after it’s been used.
These positive traits of compostable packaging film means it is an invaluable packaging source. Although it is in its infancy, the benefits of compostable packaging film means demand for this highly sought after packaging material is continuing to grow and this will only become more valuable in the future.
If you would like to find out more about our compostable packaging film or receive a quote, please call us on 01992 460 111 or email email@example.com. We also have a wide range of wrapping machines that work with compostable packaging film and printers that can print addresses and data on to compostable packaging film.