Tipa ‘packaging that can be thrown away like orange peel’ expands in the US
The firm has partnered with B.O.S.S Food (Blended Original Superfood Snacks) B.O.S.S. Bars, which are clean, minimally processed and handled in a way that protects the bioavailability of their vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Founded by Andrea Spirov in 2015 in Northwest Houston, B.O.S.S Food is ‘a healthy alternative to other bars and snacks’. Its products are certified gluten-free and Paleo and all its ingredients are organic.
Elzaphan Hotam, VP sales, Tipa US, told BakeryandSnacks it is seeing a growing number of brands who want to use Tipa sustainable packaging because they want to stay true to their sustainability missions.
“Despite its higher cost, this form of packaging is an effective tool for differentiation with the mainstream consumer who is becoming more hyper-vigilant to our planet's environmental issues,” he said.
“The fundamental flaw of current flexible packaging is that it's made up of several materials and not pure polymers. It's the blended materials in flexible packaging that make recycling a long-term challenge, along with the lack of awareness among consumers of which plastics can actually be recycled.”
9 month packaging shelf life
The creation of B.O.S.S Bars does not involve temperatures higher than 115°F and the packaging has a shelf life of nine months from time of production (when stored at room temperature).
Hotam added Tipa packaging meets food contact regulations in the United States and Europe, and is certified for both industrial and home composting.
The 100% compostable B.O.S.S. Bar wrappers can be disposed of as any other organic waste.
The time by which the package will “convert” to compost depends on the method and conditions by which composting occurs. In an industrial composter, where conditions are well controlled, it could take up to 180 days.