Monday, 06 Jan 2020 12:34 GMT

Going back to nature

A new grass-based label material believed to be the first of its kind has been launched by European manufacturer of labels, HERMA.

The use of fibres such as sun-dried hay in paper production offers environmental benefits due to the little CO2 it produces compared to paper produced from fresh fibre.

Grass paper is not a new concept and has been used for various applications in food packaging since 2017 as a sustainable solution to packaging. However, the new HERMAnature fieno allows users to now apply special sustainability requirements to labels as well as packaging.

As the production of grass papers is completed mechanically, with no chemicals required, this grass paper solution offers 97% energy savings and 99% water savings.

An added benefit of grass paper is that it contains no allergens that are subject to EU labelling requirements listed in the regulation (EU) 1169/2011, such as fish or nut products.

As the production of grass papers is completed mechanically, with no chemicals required, this grass paper solution offers 97% energy savings and 99% water savings

This opens up a space for this type of label material to be used in applications such as direct contact with dry and moist food content.

HERMAnature fieno can be processed like conventional paper and as a result can be easily printed via offset and flexo printing.

Dr. Ulli Nägele, head of research and development at HERMA explains how the label solution has a unique look. “As it is a natural product, its colour can vary. But combined with the material’s somewhat rougher surface, this immediately and credibly signals to the consumer that this is sustainable packaging material.”

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