In Today’s World major forms of Pollution include Noise Pollution, Plastic Pollution, Air Pollution, Light Pollution, Thermal Pollution, Soil Contamination and Water Pollution.
The most dangerous form of Pollution harming the Environment is associated with Plastic Packaging which is sent to Landfills. Approximately 95% of plastic packaging material annually ends up in dumps or the natural environment which takes more than 400 years to decompose in Oceans and up to 1,000 years in Landfills. In addition to that, toxic substances are released into the soil when Plastic bags perish under sunlight and, if Plastic bags are burned, they release a toxic substance into the air causing ambient air pollution. The Plastic Pollution Crisis affects everyone on the Earth, from Humans to Animals to Agriculture.
Let’s get this solved.
Israeli companies are taking big steps towards a Plastic Free World by offering revolutionary innovations that contribute to the protection of the Environment and Value Chain of both Nature and Humans.
Compostable Plastic Packaging address the challenges of Plastic Pollution which starts from the design phase by offering Packaging alternatives that mimics perfectly the positive properties of a Conventional Plastic Packaging such as Shelf-life, Flexibility, Lightweight, Moisture and Oxygen barrier, but with an affordable solution for its end-of-use.
Since Plastic Packaging is a complex system and requires different types of packaging for different types of usage, therefore it requires different types of solutions. Flexible films and multilayered packaging are playing an essential role in protecting the freshness and nutritional value of our food because it is low weight and convenient for transport and use.
Some Israeli companies solving the issues of Plastic Pollution are:
Solutum Technologies – The Formula that Bonds with Nature
Solutum have developed a novel plastic material which completely dissolves and biodegrades in water. The Solutum material is based on synthetic polymers, manufactured by compounding several commercially readily available raw materials. No special equipment is needed to manufacture the Solutum material (feedstock) or the plastic products, thus no CAPEX needed by existing plastic packaging manufacturers. Solutum plastics end-of-life is simple, when the plastic meets water at ambient temperature, after a predetermined delay time it will dissolve and then fully biodegrade (by the natural microbes found in all types of water) to CO2, H2O and biomass, leaving no toxic residue and no microplastics.
The unique feature of the Solutum packaging material is that by varying the composition of the compound, the dissolve delay time can be controlled, from almost immediately, to hours, days or longer.
TIPA – Packaging that behaves just like organic waste
TIPA develops and manufactures a variety of flexible compostable packaging solutions that decompose and become compost within a few months just like any organic waste. TIPA’s ground-breaking packaging provides a full circular solution for flexible plastic waste. Its range of packaging solutions mimics the high-end properties of conventional plastics such as strength, machinability, transparency, and shelf life, without leaving behind pollution and environmental damage at the end of use. TIPA provides solutions for the entire supply chain, from films and laminates for packaging manufacturers to custom packaging applications for brands, in the food and fashion industries.
In order to create packaging with the complex qualities of high-performing flexible plastic packaging, their products are made partially from fossil-fuel based polymers, because they are the only polymers on the market that address certain properties for high-end food packaging. TIPA™ films and laminates are certified fully home and/or industrially compostable and break down in compost conditions into water, CO2, and biomass, within 180 days.
Tipa’s plastics have the same elasticity, durability and look and feel as conventional ones. The only difference is that they use a handful of additives to ensure that they will be fully compostable, under the right conditions.
W-Cycle – Naturally replacing Plastic
W-Cycle has created Next Generation SupraPulp™, which aims to be a compostable high-barrier solution for the food and beverage packaging market based on their existing patent.
Finally, a no-compromise solution to food grade compostable packaging has been created having a compostable, non-coated food packaging solution from a new material called SupraPulp™. The packaging is cost-effective compared to other compostable packaging solutions. It can be used for hot, wet and greasy foods. It will not leak nor absorb liquids and oils. You can heat food in SupraPulp™ in up to 270˚c and freeze it in as low as -40˚c which is ideal for catering solutions, transportation, institutions, frozen food manufacturers and restaurants.
SupraPulp™ isn’t like other compostable food packaging solutions. It’s non-coated, omniphobic, and remains completely unaffected by liquids and oils. It’s even microwave, oven and freezer safe, making it a great replacement for rigid plastic.
Biotic – A world where Plastic is not a concern
Biotic is using macroalgae to create fully bio-based, fully biodegradable PHBV polymers. They have enabled optimal transition from fossil-fuel-plastics, with a scalable, fully biological, environmentally friendly process, contributing towards reducing greenhouse gases emission, with a zero waste and circular economy approach.
Their PHBV Polymers are fully biodegradable catering to a wide range of Applications. These are made from Toxic Free materials which does not require recycling.
For More Information: Tejinder Singh (Tejinder.Singh@israeltrade.gov.il)