Innovia Films, a major producer of highly differentiated speciality Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) films, is launching a new family of films. The new, highly functional and recyclable BOPP films are being marketed under the brand name Encore.
The products in the Encore film range are manufactured from renewable non-food based raw materials, helping to reduce the use of fossil-based virgin raw materials.
Of the first two grades of Encore film to be launched over the coming weeks, one will be a low temperature heat seal film for packaging; the other is targeted at pressure-sensitive labelling applications.
The Encore packaging and labelling film range will have exactly the same properties as equivalent fossil-based BOPP film - high clarity and gloss, high stiffness, excellent water vapour barrier and printability. They can be used in all market segments that are currently using BOPP films.
Encore has already been assessed by Interseroh, an independent German recycling and consulting company, and the product range has received the highest rating, confirming they are fully recyclable.
The films have an International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC PLUS) using a mass balance approach.
“We have calculated using our in-house Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) programme, that by using renewable polymer we can determine that Encore films offer reductions in carbon footprint, said Steve Langstaff, Business Manager, Packaging.
He added that this is the first step towards producing more sustainable films, with the next being products that contain recycled post-consumer content. "We have agreements in place and hope to be able to launch the first of these in 2022.”