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Pregis Protective Packaging Europe has launched a biodegradable film for the effective protection of chemical and industrial products during transit.

The EP-Flex Renew film can be used with the full range of Pregis’s Airspeed Systems, which turn flat, high-performance film into lightweight, non-abrasive void-fill cushioning for a variety of transit and protective packaging requirements.

EP-Flex Renew includes recycled content and is 100 per cent recyclable, but the material also contains a natural organic bio-additive that accelerates biodegradation if the film is sent to landfill.

The bio-additive attaches itself to the molecular polymer chains that form the plastic so that it is evenly dispersed.

After the film is disposed of in landfill, microbes attach to the additives in the plastic, digesting and breaking down the structure.

Heat, light and oxygen are not required for EP-Flex Renew to begin biodegrading.

Depending on the environment, complete biodegradation can occur in one to five years.

According to Pregis, the material offers strength and durability, with greater puncture resistance than standard films.

It also offers high tensile strength that enables it to stretch without breaking.

It has been designed so that it can provide stronger and more resilient seals.

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