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Article | December 15, 2012
Chocolate wrapped in compostable film
Alce Nero, an Italian consortium of organic producers and farmers, has chosen compostable material to wrap its range of Fair Trade chocolate.
NatureFlex™ from Innovia Films is the material chosen by Alce Nero, which is part of Alce Nero Mielizia SpA, an organization whose members share a common ethos for regionality, innovation, and the environment. The choice to farm organically has characterised the organisation since its inception in 1978. Today the company represents farmers, beekeepers, and Fair Trade producers, all members of the company. Real organic food from around the world, not just Italy, is promoted by Alce Nero. “We decided to move from standard plastic to a biodegradable and compostable alternative to wrap our chocolate bars, and Metallised NatureFlex™ from Innovia Films was a perfect fit,” says Nicoletta Maffini, marketing manager at Alce Nero. “We like its environmental attributes but also its excellent barrier properties to keep our organic Fair Trade chocolate in premium condition.” The consortium’s chocolate bars are made with cocoa from plants grown in Costa Rica, in the heart of Central America, by the partner COOP Sin Fronteras, a network of small Fair Trade producers. The cocoa pods are harvested, the beans are roasted, and the exceptional skill of a long-established Swiss maison chocolatier, Chocolate Stella of Chocolate Bernrain Group, subsequently transforms them into delicious products.NatureFlex™ films are certified to meet the American ASTM D6400, European EN13432 and Australian AS4736 standards for compostable packaging. The wood-pulp is sourced from managed plantations. The renewable biobased content of NatureFlex™ films is typically 95% by weight of material according to ASTM D6866. Offering advantages for packing and converting, NatureFlex™ films have inherent deadfold and anti-static properties; high gloss; resistance to grease and oil; good barrier to gases, aromas, and mineral oils; and a wide heat-seal range. NatureFlex™ was an obvious solution for use in this application as the film begins life as a natural product – wood - and breaks down at the end of its lifecycle in a home compost bin (or industrial compost environment) within a matter of weeks. It is also confirmed as suitable for emerging 'waste to energy' techniques such as anaerobic digestion.
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