Linpac Packaging has created a degradable cling film to use in packaging for food products.
The company, which is part of the same group as Linpac Recycled Packaging but a different part of the business, says it has created OxoLIN in response to retailer and consumer concerns about packaging waste going to landfill.
However the OxoLIN film, which has a shelf life of 12 months, cannot be composted, as it takes between one and four years to degrade. Degradable plastics which can be composted take just six months.
Linpac packaging product manager for stretch films Patrice Blayo said: “The food industry has been asking for a degradable film to meet environmental concerns. We have responded by creating OxoLIN and ensuring its properties meet the high standards already set by our range of stretch films. The natural additives have been carefully selected to ensure the performance of the film is not affected.”
The film has the same properties as Linpac’s existing range of stretch films but it contains natural additives, allowing it to break down slowly into fragments. This is then consumed by micro-organisms when exposed to light and heat.