Ultimate Packaging believes it has produced a world first environment-friendly laminate as part of a joint venture with Innovia Films and Sun Chemical.

Staff at the Lincolnshire-based company believe that Ultigreen is the first ever truly biodegradable and home compostable printed laminate for the food industry.

Ultimate Packaging has reverse-printed Natureflex. The material is laminated using a unique biodegradable adhesive to metallised Natureflex.

The Grimsby-based company has already established itself as one of the UK’s flexographic print suppliers to the food industry, but the experienced team continues to focus on finding innovative new solutions for its customers.

Ultimate Packaging technical manager Derek Gibson said: “Until now, only a small coverage of standard inks could be used to enable products to pass the EN13432 standard and to be rated as biodegradable. The new Sun Chemical hybrid inks allow total print coverage on food packs and the biodegradable adhesive applied to bond these two Innovia materials means that this product can be classed as being made from totally biodegradable components.

“We selected a promotional tea design to prove that the newly developed biodegradable inks and adhesive were compatible and then printed the Ultigreen product on our recently commissioned Soma Imperia 10 colour press.”