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Tipa develops technology to solve plastic recycling problem

Published 26 July 2017

Israel-based Tipa has developed and manufactured a new technology that could solve the problem of non-recyclable flexible plastic.

Food and beverage packaging accounts for more than half of the non-recyclable flexible plastic in the world, and the Tipa Sustainable Packaging could solve this problem.

The breakthrough certified-compostable flexible film developed by the Israeli company is said to be the first flexible film of its kind.

The company said that it can be used for a variety of design structures ranging from ‘poly’ and zipper bags to multi-layered structures that need moisture barrier, printing and other properties.

Though bio-plastics were earlier considered as a solution to the plastic waste problem, they could not provide a comprehensive end-of-life solution for packaging because of limited physical properties.

Current flexible packaging is not pure polymers, but a blend of various materials, which makes recycling a challenge. Moreover, consumers lack awareness of which plastics can be recycled.

Tipa Sustainable Packaging is available in a wide range of formats, which can be designed according to the specifications of a company or manufacturer. Tipa Sustainable Packaging meets food contact regulations in the US and Europe. It is certified for both industrial and home composting.

Already, various brands, including B.O.S.S. Food Co., Lamb Farm Kitchen, Sheffa Foods, Question Coffee, Reuseit, VitalBulk, and fashion brands Mara Hoffman and Recover in the US, have adopted Tipa Sustainable Packaging.

“We have developed an easy way to do the right thing. You can treat our plastic packaging like any other organic waste and literally toss it into a compost with your food and the entire package will turn into compost and together with the whole compost, will regenerate new plant life. Tipa is made from several materials, all of which are fully certified compostable,” Tipa CEO and co-founder Daphna Nissenbaum said.