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Organic fibre netting offers alternative to plastic in the fresh produce industry

The botanic packaging concept by Lenzing fibres in the fruit and vegetable sector provides a solution for the growing number of companies looking to avoid plastics. The Lenzing fibres used are made from wood, their fibre profile makes them an ideal material for net packaging. The packaging concept could be appealing due to its compostability, bio-degradability and safety for food products, as a growing number of companies search for new ways to be more sustainable and go green. 

Growing popularity
The majority of the waste polluting our seas is made of plastic – this constitutes a major burden to the environment since it can take up to 500 years for plastic to decompose, Lenzing tells. Avoiding plastic represents a major challenge. It is, however, something that will be demanded to an increasing extent by lawmakers and consumers alike. 

The packaging concept from Lenzing offers one solution to this challenge. The Lenzing fibres used are 100% free of plastic. Every year in the EU alone, more than 30,000 tons of plastic can be replaced with botanic nets of the fibre nets. 

Lenzing fibres are 100% bio-degradable and can be composted at home and in industrial composting facilities. This makes the packaging solution  a natural and sustainable alternative to conventional materials. Nets made of Lenzing fibres decompose within 8 weeks and can be disposed of and decomposed quite easily for example with other organic waste. 

Lenzing fibres are 100% food safe in accordance with EU guidelines 1935/2004 and 10/2011. Subsequent dyeing is not necessary due to incorporated dye pigments. 

For more information:
Mag. Christina Kreuzwieser
The Lenzing Group
Tel: +43 (0) 7672 701-2331 

Publication date: 12/14/2017


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