19. May 2021
EarthFirst Films by PSI, a global bioplastic film technology and manufacturing company, announced in an 18 May statement the successful completion of the first commercial run of PHA - polyhydroxyalkanoate - home compostable packaging film.
Although the PHA materials have been certified, the film will go through biodegradation and home compostability screening prior to full certification. Made from Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA, the new film is designed for a wide range of applications across food, beverage, grocery retail, quick service restaurant, stadium foodservice, and many other consumer packaged goods (CPG) and industrial segments.
“This is the first in a lineup of new advanced solutions in home compostable films we’ll launch in the next 12-18 months", said George Thomas, CEO of EarthFirst Films by PSI. “We are extremely excited to add PHA to our EarthFirst biopolymer films portfolio. We appreciate the support we received from Danimer in making this a success.”
“Home Compostable films are a catalyst for greater expansion of End-of-Life (EOL) options for flexible packaging,” added Chris Schaefer, Global Marketing Director. “We’re committed to helping brands lower their packaging carbon footprint in response to consumer requests.”
PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) are polyesters biosynthesized by a bacterium fed by inexpensive oils derived from the seeds of plants such as canola and soy. Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA is custom formulated to create different types of plastic resins for a wide variety of uses.
EarthFirst Films by Plastic Suppliers, Inc. (PSI) is a global manufacturer of bio polymer EarthFirst thin gauge, compostable, sealant and barrier sealant films within food, beverage, quick-serve restaurants and other consumers packaged goods and industrial market segments. With offices in Columbus, Ohio (PSI) and Ghent, Belgium (Sidaplax V.O.F.) the company serves 50 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Sidaplax V.O.F. is a subsidiary of PSI.