Fabbri Group wins International Biopolymer Innovation Award
On 15 June during the “Biopolymer Processing & Moulding Online Congress” Fabbri Group was awarded the First Prize of the BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award for its Nature Fresh compostable solution.
Entirely developed and produced by Fabbri Group, Nature Fresh is the world’s first bioplastic compostable cling film for automatic food packaging, certified as home and industrial compostable according to the Standard EN 13432.
The formulation of Nature Fresh is based on a special grade of the BASF compostable polymer ecovio, specifically developed for Fabbri Group, and on the BASF compostable polymer ecoflex.
Nature Fresh effectively contributes to the Circular Economy: it fits perfectly into the overall composting process, and, due to the characteristics of the remaining biomass, the resulting compost is suitable for plant growth.
The Nature Fresh project was recognised by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme “Horizon 2020”; it has already been awarded the historical Italian prize “Packaging Oscars” and – through the Fabbri UK client “Westaway Sausages” – the “UK Packaging Awards” in 2020.
Stefano Mele, Fabbri Group’s CEO, comments: “The first prize at the BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award is an additional acknowledgement, on an international level, of the commitment and of the efforts that our Company makes towards the development of sustainable packaging solutions. After one full year from its launch on the market, Nature Fresh has already been produced in hundreds of tons, with which millions of compostable food packages have been put on the global market.”
The BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award is given to pioneering products or applications of biodegradable polymers, made of materials that at the end of their life can be metabolized by microorganisms into biomass to become part of natural cycles.
The Award is promoted by the non-profit association POLYKUM, and includes an independent Jury with experts of Economy, Science, Politics and Media.
Nature Fresh was appreciated by the Jury as packaging cling film protecting food, people, and the environment: it offers in fact performances equivalent to PVC and a better water vapour transmission rate when compared to traditional cling films. It has high mechanical resistance and extensibility, high puncture resistance and it demonstrates maximum performance with thicknesses optimised for application, whilst boasting high levels of transparency and anti-fog properties.
Today Fabbri Group is working on the development of other bioplastic films for non-stretch applications.