BASF and the Fabbri group of companies have developed a biodegradable film for food packaging, the manufacturer said.

Based on the certified biodegradable material ecovio, created by BASF, the Fabbri group of companies produces highly transparent stretch film Nature Fresh. This product is the first certified biodegradable film for food products, combining optimal breathability, long shelf life of products fresh, high transparency and excellent mechanical properties for automatic packaging. Nature Fresh is approved for food contact in accordance with American and European standards.

Due to these properties, Nature Fresh film allows you to maintain the freshness of products longer than analogs of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), used for the production of food film, such as polyethylene. As a result, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with food.

Food film or stretch film is a flexible thin film that is primarily used for packaging and is used during the stretch winding process. Winding can be done manually or using equipment.

Earlier it was reported that BASF-YPC Co Ltd, a joint venture between the global petrochemical giant BASF and China’s Sinopec, stopped production on February 17 at a high-pressure polyethylene plant in Nanjing (Jiangsu Province, China) with a view to carrying out scheduled repairs. It is expected that maintenance at this enterprise with a capacity of 220 thousand tons of LDPE per year will continue until the end of February of the current year.

According to ScanPlast of Market Report, in December last year, the estimated LDPE consumption in Russia actually remained at the level of November and amounted to about 54.58 thousand tons. The decline in imports was offset by a decrease in export sales. For the whole of 2019, the estimated LDPE consumption in the Russian Federation amounted to 593.66 thousand tons, which is 9% more than the same indicator in 2018. The volume of LDPE exports from individual manufacturers decreased, while imports grew by 25%.

Fabbri Group offers Nature Fresh products in four different formats: rolls for manual or hardware packaging on an industrial scale; boxes for hotels, restaurants and catering services; large rolls for converters; rolls for packaging products manually by end consumers.

BASF is the world’s largest diversified chemical company and a leading global supplier of high quality polyamide and polyamide intermediates for the production of films and monofilaments.