Packaging Innovations 2020: Camvac to launch decorative home-compostable metalized film
05 Feb 2020 --- UK supplier of metalized films, clear barrier films and laminates Camvac is set to launch Cambrite Camvert, a fully biodegradable and home-compostable decorative metalized film at Packaging Innovations 2020 in Birmingham, UK, this month. One of the first home-compostable metalized films in the world, Cambrite Camvert is designed for use in the board lamination market as an eco-friendly alternative to metalized polyester.
Changes in consumer habits and the growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions led Camvac to develop a range of biodegradable and compostable barrier films under its Camvert Range. Cambrite Camvert is certified biodegradable and compostable to EN13432, ASTM D6400 and Vincotte.
“A film that is metalized, certified biodegradable and home-compostable, which is then used within the board lamination marketplace, is something exceptional for the packaging industry. Camvac is not only one of the first companies in the UK to offer this level of sustainability in a film but also worldwide. The product has a base film of cellulose diacetate and the metalized film is created using patented technology so it is truly unique to Camvac,” Greg Kingham, CEO of Camvac, tells PackagingInsights.
Kingham explains that it is important to offer a solution with multiple end-of-life disposal options because preferred waste management methods differ from country to country. Further, home composting allows consumers to know exactly where their waste is going unlike industrial composting.
Overcoming “blocking” to achieve “mirror-like brilliance”
Cambrite was originally developed to provide a visual impact for the board lamination market. The film is available in a range of base colors with a “mirror-like brilliance” and it is designed to be receptive to print and graphics.
In the development of Cambrite Camvert, Camvac had to overcome the technical challenge of so-called “blocking.” “‘Blocking’ occurs during the metalization process,” explains Kingham. “To prevent ‘blocking’ and promote metal adhesion, Camvac uses its patented technology to metallize coat the base material. The prevention of ‘blocking’ is critical to the film’s intended end-use within the manufacture of decorative cartons.”
There are no further developments planned for the Cambrite Camvert range, Kingham confirms. However, Camvac is currently exploring the possibility of producing its biodegradable and home-compostable film for use within the food and converter marketplace as a barrier film.
Camvac is also in the development stages of creating a 100 percent recyclable Bag-in-Bag Liquid Packaging solution, which is due to launch later this year.
Packaging Innovations 2020
Camvac is set to showcase the Cambrite Camvert metalized film during Packaging Innovations 2020 in Birmingham, UK, 26-27 February. Sustainability will once again take center stage at the show, with the Big Plastics Debate progressing to the Big Carbon debate.
“The industry is realizing that not all plastics are bad and do have their place within the packaging industry. The debate this year will also bring more clarity on the greater environmental impacts of the increase in resources required to produce the alternatives to plastic like paper or reusable plastic bags,” Kingham tells PackagingInsights.
“Exhibiting last year, we witnessed first-hand the growing industry demand for ‘green’ packaging solutions,” adds Sam Smith, Sales & Marketing Director at Camvac. “Over the year Camvac has invested heavily in research and development to be able to bring a range of eco-friendly films to Packaging Innovations.”
Camvac will be showcasing its entire sustainable range under its Camvert brand on stand F47. The supplier will also be exhibiting its other leading products and services, including its proven range of metalized films, clear barrier films and laminates.
By Joshua Poole
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