Toray packaging-film update brings consumer, environmental benefits

TORAY PLASTICS (America) Inc. of North Kingstown has announced its Torayfan CB3 portfolio, transparent, PVdC-free plastic films. / COURTESY TORAY PLASTICS
TORAY PLASTICS (America) Inc. of North Kingstown has announced its Torayfan CB3 portfolio, transparent, PVdC-free plastic films. / COURTESY TORAY PLASTICS

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Toray Plastics (America) Inc. has launched another generation of its transparent, high-barrier polypropylene packaging films free of polyvinylidene chloride, or PVdC, which is an environmental concern.

According to a company press release, there is more market demand for transparent, food-packaging plastic film made without PVdC. Torayfan packaging films can be used for bags, pouches or stand-up pouches for shelf-stable food items such as nuts, seeds, snacks and cookies.

“The third generation of Torayfan CB films … combine a modified base film and complex coating to achieve impressive barrier,” said Tammy Williamson, associate product manager of the Torayfan Polypropylene Films Division of Toray. “Consumers today want to see the item they are purchasing; it helps them feel confident that the food and ingredients are fresh.”

The films block out more moisture and oxygen than previous versions, and can be sealable or non-sealable; the 70- and 80-gauge CB3 films provide a thinner alternative to thicker-oriented polypropylene film, also known as OPP, according to Toray. A thinner film means the potential for source reduction, yield and economic benefits.

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“Now manufacturers are able to specify a transparent package with even greater shelf stability, without PVdC issues,” said Williamson.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributor.