French biodegradable plastic producer Lactips has partnered with environmental non-profit organisation Citeo to produce a coating solution for food and non-food applications.
According to Lactips, the new coating solution, called Plastic Free Paper, “offers an alternative for manufacturers (processors and brands) in line with the European directive restricting single-use plastics”.
Lactips and Citeo developed the cellulose matrix coating solution – which ensures the total recyclability of paper and cardboard – by combining a thermoplastic developed by Lactips with the papers. Plastic Free Paper is fully bio-sourced and replaces plastics and chemical treatments for sealable packaging papers.
Plastic Free Paper serves to conserve food products by providing oxygen, fat and mineral oil barriers.
Lactips has carried out tests at the Centre Technique du Papier (CTP) in France and Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) in Germany for its initial applications to confirm there’s no impact on the recyclability of paper or cardboard.
The first applications for Plastic Free Paper are expected to be available during the first half of 2022 and involve replacing per- or poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) for papers that need to be grease-proof and replacing the sealable plastic layer for non-food packaging.
© FoodBev Media Ltd 2021
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