BASF and BillerudKorsnäs cooperate to develop unique home compostable paper laminate for flexible packaging. It is a multi-layer film made of BillerudKorsnäs paper ConFlex Silk as well as BASF’s biopolymer ecovio and lamination adhesive Epotal Eco a basys for home-compostable solution that extends end-of-life options for flexible packaging applications.

BASF and the Swedish packaging manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs have cooperated to develop a unique home-compostable paper laminate for flexible packaging.
The multi-layer film consists of three basic components: BillerudKorsnäs’ paper ConFlex Silk, a sealing layer made of BASF’s certified home compostable, and partly bio-based biopolymer ecovio and BASF’s water-based adhesive Epotal Eco 3675 X, which joins the film to the paper.
As all parts of the multi-layer laminate are food-contact approved, it can be used to produce wraps with individually adjusted barrier properties, e.g. for cookies, ice cream, cereal bars and dairy items as well as wrappers for fish, meat and cheese freshly sold in supermarkets.
All components are certified home compostable according to official European certification schemes for home composting.
The tests approve the good Performance regarding processing, sealing, printability and strength on same level as conventional multi-layer films.

High share of renewables

The laminate contains a high share of renewables and extends the end-of-life options for multi-layer flexible packaging by being organically recyclable. The new home-compostable solution has the same performance features as conventional multi-layer packaging: it is puncture resistant, shows a good printability, excellent heat-seal properties and can be processed on standard packaging 2 machines.

The sealable laminate is produced in a wet lamination process. The outer layer consists of BillerudKorsnäs’ home-compostable kraft paper ConFlex Silk, which is certified according to OK Compost Home by TÜV Austria. It shows good printability and high strength at a weight of 60 g/m². It is based on a mix of 100% primary fibers. The inner sealing layer of the flexible packaging is made of a blown film out of a particular ecovio grade by BASF, which also holds the “OK Compost Home” certification by TÜV Austria.
The film is suitable for mono and co-extrusion and easy to seal. The sealing is laminated to the paper layer with BASF’s water-based dispersion Epotal Eco 3675 X. This adhesive is certified by DIN Certco as home-compostable according to DIN EN 13432, testing basis NF T 51-800. It can be processed like other adhesives by use of standard lamination machines and shows an excellent performance on different biodegradable substrates.