Israeli start-up TIPA Corp. has developed durable, transparent and fully compostable flexible packaging for fruits, vegetables and dry and baked foods. The material performs like plastic, but it decomposes like an orange peel.
Entrepreneur Daphna Nissenbaum co-founded TIPA Corp. in 2010 to address the growing problem of single-use plastic waste. Of the estimated 8.3 billion tons of virgin plastic that have been produced globally, nearly 72% has been used only once prior to disposal into landfills, incinerators or open ecosystems, according to research cited by the company.
Ms. Nissenbaum, chief executive officer of TIPA: “There are so many discussions surrounding the matter of plastic packaging. I thought to myself, ‘The world will need a package that is not based on plastic, one that will break down by itself post-consumption.’ I went out jogging and challenged myself to work out a solution, thinking the idea is somewhere right in front of me. The right things usually happen to be intuitive and natural. The resulting vision was to develop a package that acts just like organic material, like an orange peel, a package that disappears by its own natural composition.”
The multilayer packaging features a blend of polymers that are fully compostable in 180 days. It is designed for industrial compost disposal and some home composting and should be treated like banana peels or any other organic waste, according to the company. Packaging formats include stand-up pouch, bar wrapper, gusseted bag, zipper bag, resealable flap bag, pillow bag, open bag and quattro seal bag, as well as film and laminate rolls.