Emulating last year’s success, Taghleef Industries, a major producer of packaging films made from renewable resources (PLA bio-based resin), has been awarded a 2012 Sustainability Award by the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL).
Now in its fourth year, the Sustainability Competition honors equipment, materials or processes that reduce environmental impact, minimize energy usage or waste, and/or increase recycling. It is part of AIMCAL's larger awards program, which includes Technology of the Year and Vacuum Metallized or Coated Product of the Year competitions.
The award was presented Sunday, March 11, 2012, at an awards banquet during AIMCAL's annual Management Meeting and recognizes printed, pressure-sensitive tape made from Taghleef’s transparent Nativia NTSS, or solid-white Nativia NWSS biaxially oriented polylactic acid (PLA) films. The tapes are converted by Logo tape Gesellschaft für Selbstklebebänder mbH & Co. KG (Harrislee, Germany).
Based on Ingeo PLA resin from NatureWorks, the bio-based, compostable tapes rely on proprietary coating technology, can carry printed messages, and are particularly well-suited for sealing kraft paper bags and corrugated cases. The PLA tapes exhibit high tensile and bond strength, and perform in numerous industrial and consumer applications.
Along with being derived from a renewable source, compared to its PP or polyester counterparts the PLA tape offers a lower carbon footprint, recyclability, compostability, and compatibility with some paper recycling processes where the PLA dissolves into nontoxic lactide.
The judges noted pressure-sensitive tape is a new application for PLA film and liked the fact that it can help end users achieve sustainability goals. The judges also observed converting to PLA tape could be particularly advantageous in applications where conventional tape materials complicate recycling or where packaging is destined for post-consumer composting.