24. Jun 2021
The winner of this year’s BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award , announced 15 June during the Biopolymer Processing & Moulding online congress organized by the POLYKUM Association for the Promotion of Polymer Development and Plastics Technology in Germany, was Fabbri Group.
This Italian company was recognized for the development of its Nature Fresh film: the world’s first bioplastic compostable cling film for automatic food packaging, certified as home and industrial compostable according to the Standard EN 13432.
According to the jury, the cling film protected food, people, and the environment, while offering a performances equivalent to PVC and a better water vapour transmission rate when compared to traditional cling films. It exhibits high mechanical resistance and extensibility, high puncture resistance, offering maximum performance at thicknesses optimised for application, while boasting high levels of transparency and anti-fog properties.
The formulation of Nature Fresh is based on a special grade of BASF’s compostable polymer ecovio, specifically developed for Fabbri Group, and ecoflex, another compostable BASF product.
The Nature Fresh project was recognized by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme “Horizon 2020”; it has already won the Italian “Packaging Oscars” and – through Fabbri’s UK client “Westaway Sausages” – the “UK Packaging Awards” in 2020.
“The first prize at the BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award is an additional acknowledgement, on an international level, of the commitment and of the efforts that our Company makes towards the development of sustainable packaging solutions,” said Stefano Mele, Fabbri Group’s CEO. “After one full year from its launch on the market, Nature Fresh has already been produced in hundreds of tons, with which millions of compostable food packages have been put on the global market.”
Fabbri Group is currently working on the development of other bioplastic films for non-stretch applications.
The annual BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award is given to pioneering products or applications of biodegradable polymers, made of materials that at the end of their life can be metabolized by microorganisms into biomass to become part of natural cycles.
The Award is promoted by the non-profit association POLYKUM.