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Recyclable bio-based thermoforming film

Grounded’s bio-based thermoforming film is recyclable and available in a number of thicknesses. It is made from plants and carbon negative. It is semi-rigid and suitable for a range of foodstuffs. It can be used on all types of automated thermoforming machinery.





The Good

  • Sugarflex™ is a highly recyclable material and has wide application across numerous packaging formats and industries
  • Sugarflex™ is carbon negative due to a combination of raw materials and production techniques and incorporates a high percentage of renewable plant-based content
  • It closely mimics the properties of conventional virgin plastics and can be used for wet and/or oily products, unlike compostable materials
  • It has high transparency and good adhesion for inks and barrier coatings, make it highly versatile and adaptable to different products & manufacturing processes
  • Due to its inert nature if Sugarflex™ ends up in landfills it gradually reforms into biogenic carbon instead of generating greenhouse gas emissions

The Bad

  • Soft plastic recycling is challenging. This material either needs to go into a dedicated polyethylene stream (#2 or #4) or a drop-off soft plastics collection stream, which are limited although growing rapidly
  • The material is softer than oil-based plastic films, meaning more material is required to achieve a rigid structure often required for pouch making
  • It is not biodegradable or compostable and if it ends up in the environment it is likely to be there for many years before turning into biogenic carbon

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