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Sacma introduces sustainable packaging solutions for hot products using renewable and compostable materials

Sacma introduces sustainable packaging solutions for hot products using renewable and compostable materials compostable, hot products, packaging, renewable, SACMA Food and Beverage Business

Italian paper bag manufacturer, Sacma, is expanding its eco-friendly B.Life range with B.Life Gaia – a renewable and compostable alternative to pack hot products such as cooked chicken. These new bags combine FSC certified grass paper with a NatureFlex cellulosic inner liner from Futamura.

The resulting product is a highly technical solution for the rotisserie segment, a high-performance bag that also provides valuable end-of-life options. From a performance perspective, the new Gaia bags are ideally suited to pack hot products such as cooked chicken. The NatureFlex heat sealable inner layer ensures that the bags are leak-proof even in the presence of juices, and grease-proof to protect the consumer.

The materials are resistant to high temperatures so that they can be used in ovens and hot cabinets, or in the microwave to reheat the product. Sacma also tested the bags for usage to temperatures as low as -40̊C, to confirm their suitability for freezing. The bags are available with the paper look or with a transparent window so that consumers can see the product.

Not only do the Gaia bags provide the pack performance required from the rotisserie aisle, but they are also certified to the OK Compost Home standard for backyard composting. This means that they can be composted after use, both at home or industrially. Gaia bags are also certified recyclable with paper by Aticelca.

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 at Futamura, said he was delighted that 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,” Sweetman explained.

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