Innovia Films has announced that Oregon-based ECOTEAS is usingNatureFlex packaging films in the wrappers of its individual tea bags. The flexible packaging material is derived from wood pulp sourced from managed plantations and is certified to be over 90 percent bio-based and home and industrial compostable. High barriers to oxygen and moisture work to ensure the tea bags contained within are protected and kept fresh. When laminated to paper, the final structure offers the protection and natural appearance that ECOTEAS was looking for.
ECOTEAS received the Sustainable Food Trade Association’s national “Responsible Packaging Award” in 2012 for the use of 100 percent post-consumer recycled paperboard in its cartons. This recognition led to continued development of the “greenest” tea packaging possible. To extend its sustainability efforts to the entire tea bag line, the brand removed the tags, strings and staples, and introduced the new tea bag overwraps. The result was a 100 percent zero-waste package, with all ingredients and packaging components suitable for composting (tea, filter paper and wrapper) or recycling (carton), according to the brand.
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Source: Packaging Europe