BASF Corp. has developed snack packaging that is more sustainable than conventional types. The firm demonstrated the new product at a Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball game on Sept. 5.
BASF says its new, 100 percent compostable packaging contains Ecovio, a blend of its biodegradable copolyester Ecoflex and polylactide.
The six-layer structure is entirely composed of materials supplied by BASF. It contains interior and exterior Ecovio layers, a printing ink layer, an adhesive coating, a metallization layer and a pre-metalization primer layer made of Versamid specialty polyamide.
BASF's flexible, compostable packaging technology is an advancement for the snack food industry, according to BASF's market development manager of consumer packaging Kimberley Schiltz. “It means that popular snack foods can be brought to market in compostable packaging that delivers needed shelf-life at a competitive price point, with a more sustainable ‘end-of-life' solution than with conventional packaging materials.”
The first 10,000 fans to arrive at Seattle's Safeco Field for the Sept. 5 baseball game received a free bag of peanuts in BASF's compostable bag. The Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox that day 2-1.
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