by John Russel Jones

TIPA, a global leader in compostable packaging solutions for fashion and food has partnered with two of the largest packaging manufacturers in the US, PPC Flexible Packaging and ClearView Packaging, to start using TIPA’s technology to produce compostable packaging for their respective customers. The development will widen TIPA’s global customer base and will enhance the capabilities of local manufacturers, as well as reduce global carbon emissions by cutting shipping lengths.

After expanding its European activity earlier this year through the acquisition of compostable packaging company Bio4Pack and entering the Australian market in 2021, TIPA is now expanding its North American activity, signing partnership contracts with two US manufacturers. In the next few months, TIPA expects to partner with additional manufacturers.

Flexible packaging accounts for an estimated 40% of packaging globally, however, less than 1% in the US predominantly used for food and fashion, is recycled. With more than 300 million metric tons of flexible packaging produced every year, TIPA aims to replace this packaging with compostable alternatives that mimic the positive properties of conventional plastic packaging such as durability, printability, and transparency but with a fully sustainable end-of-use; when placed in a home or industrial composter, the packaging turns into nutrient-rich soil within a few months.

With main US facilities in Illinois and Utah, PPC Flexible Packaging will add TIPA’s compostable laminates to its manufacturing portfolio to produce pouches for packaging baked goods, dry food, supplements, vitamins, and more.

New York-based Clearview Packaging will use TIPA’s compostable films to produce packaging applications such as open bags, wicketed bags, resealable bags, zipper bags, and mailers for fashion garments, accessories, fresh produce, baked goods, frozen food, and more.