Food and Beverage Business

SACMA creates a compostable and oven-safe bag using Futamura’s NatureFlex films

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The new B.Life Gaia bags are a game-changer in sustainable packaging within the food and drink industry. These bags combine FSC certified grass paper with a NatureFlex cellulosic inner liner from Futamura, making them ideal for a variety of hot food products, such as cooked chicken.

From a performance perspective, the Gaia bags are designed to meet the demands of hot food packaging. The NatureFlex heat sealable inner layer ensures that the bags are leak-proof even when in contact with juices, making them a practical and reliable option for consumers. Additionally, the bags are grease-proof, providing an added layer of protection for the contents within.

What’s more, the materials used in the Gaia bags are resistant to high temperatures, allowing them to be used in ovens, hot cabinets, or even in the microwave for reheating. Plus, they have been tested for usage in freezing temperatures as low as -40̊C, proving their versatility and suitability for a wide range of applications.

To cater to consumers’ preferences, the bags are available in options with the traditional paper look or with a transparent window, allowing consumers to view the product inside. This added transparency can enhance the overall product experience.

According to Robert Pellegrino, sales and export manager at Sacma, “The new heat sealable Gaia bags provide the technical performance of conventional plastics laminated to paper, as well as valid end of life options after the packaging use. These highly renewable bags are an exciting addition to our product range and are gathering real market interest.”

Andy Sweetman, sales and marketing director EMEA, Futamura, added, “We are delighted that our new NatureFlex NVO film has been considered for this food-to-go application. Packaging that has been heavily contaminated by food is impractical to recycle mechanically: having the option to compost the packs enables a valid end of life solution.”

The introduction of the B.Life Gaia bags represents a significant step forward in food and drink sustainability and packaging practices. By offering a viable and environmentally friendly alternative, these bags are not only meeting consumer demands but also driving positive change within the industry.

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