TIPA was founded to create
Just like an orange peel, so nature won’t even notice we’re here
The segments of an orange are packed by nature in a protective multilayer peel.
When discarded, the orange peel decomposes and leaves no toxic residue; the compost left behind can be used as fertilizer for plant growth. 100% of the orange peel returns to nature.
TIPA’s vision is for flexible packaging to have the same end-of-life organic matter has, while also offering consumers and brands the same durability, transparency and shelf life they have come to expect from conventional plastics.
Yet, compostable packaging can only succeed if it has all the same specifications and performance specifications provided by conventional plastic packaging. In addition, compostable packaging should also seamlessly fit into today’s ease of logistics and scalable manufacturing practices. This is the flexible packaging TIPA’s invention has created.
We know a lot of consumers share our vision and desire the satisfaction of knowing the flexible packaging they are using can return directly back to nature, benefitting both consumer brands and the environment, as well as incentivizing corporate social responsibility.
The Flexible Packaging Challenge
Plastic used for food and beverage packaging makes up two-thirds of the world’s plastic waste. Rigid (non-flexible) food plastic packaging is partly recyclable.
However, flexible packaging (packages such as fresh produce, coffee, snacks, granola bars, sealable plastic bags, stand-up pouches, grains, etc.) is a growing segment of the world’s packaging market. Even though the volume of flexible packaging is smaller by weight and volume, reducing the use of plastics, most flexible packaging cannot be practically recycled. Apart from the lack of collection and recycling infrastructure for flexible packaging, flexible packaging isn’t made of pure plastic polymers but rather made by blending several materials (necessary to give it the properties of conventional plastics). These blended materials make recycling nearly impossible.
It is important to note that even when some of the materials used for flexible packaging are compostable, the very blending of materials makes the whole package unfit for recycling or composting. It can only head directly to landfill.