October 27, 2008
by Canadian Packaging Staff
French sleeve labeling products group Sleever International is following up on last year’s launch of recycling-friendly Petsleeve shrinksleeves with the release of a new range of fully biodegradable and compostable packaging film manufactured with renewable resources.
Made from poloylactic acid (PLA) polymers—derived from raw plant materials such as corn or potatoes—the new biosleeve shrinksleeves are said to be fully-compatible for up to 10-color, double-sided UV gravure and flexographic printing using solvent-free low-energy inks, according to the company, while delivering optimal operational performance on Sleever’s Powersleeve machines and Powersteam shrink applicators, at speeds of up to 36,000 units per hour.
Sleever adds the new film satisfies all the relevant ISO 14855-2:2007 standard criteria for biodegradability and compostability in industrial composting facilities.