Lactips launches “Plastic Free Paper”

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Lactips launches Plastic Free Paper: the first paper packaging solution that is free from plastic or controversial substances and fully recyclable and compostable 

  • Innovation developed in collaboration with the eco-organization CITEO to rethink the world of packaging, while ensuring full control over their end-of-life, food preservation and food safety
  • Plastic Free Paper: the only coating solution to replace plastics and chemical treatments for sealable packaging papers, a barrier to oxygen, fats and mineral oils
  • Plastic Free Paper is adapted for industrial use for food and non-food applications

Saint-Jean-Bonnefonds, October 11, 2021 – Lactips, the French company specialized in producing a 100% biosourced casein-based plastic material that is biodegradable in water and home compostable, has developed a solution for paper or cardboard packaging with a view to strengthening the protection and conservation of food products without impacting their recycling. Paper packaging solutions, which are increasingly popular with manufacturers, particularly due to their appeal with end consumers, often contain adjuvants which limit their recyclability or prevent their biodegradability. Lactips has developed a first-generation Plastic Free Paper to offer manufacturers an innovative solution for sustainable, high-performance paper or cardboard packaging.

Paper packaging solutions increasingly effective, but often at the expense of their recyclability  

With a recycling rate of around 74%[1] in 2020 in Europe, supported by efficient collection, sorting and recycling channels, paper is a material that is fully aligned with a circular economy strategy.

However, on its own, it cannot be used for food packaging as it is permeable to water, oxygen and even fats. As a result, paper is often used in conjunction with plastic materials, which are sometimes metalized to ensure that products are preserved.

These plastic coatings make the recycling of the paper more difficult and generate waste which is virtually impossible to sort and ends up being incinerated or sent to landfill.

Certain grease-proof food papers are treated with per- or poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), which, due to these compounds passing into food products, have been flagged as a health risk by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in a report published in 2020[2].

Denmark has already banned PFAS in paper and cardboard since 2020. In addition, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway have officially announced plans to submit a proposal to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) by July 19, 2022 to restrict PFAS.

[1] https://www.cepi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/WEB-PAGES_EPRC-Monitoring-Report-2020_20210716.pdf

[2] https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news/pfas-food-efsa-assesses-risks-and-sets-tolerable-intake

Plastic Free Paper, a first generation of biodegradable and recyclable packaging

Lactips has developed, with support from the eco-organization CITEO, a new cellulose matrix coating solution that ensures the total recyclability of papers and cardboards. This first generation combines the paper with the thermoplastic developed by Lactips to meet the challenges relating to performance capabilities and sustainable development.

100% biosourced, home compostable and heat-sealed, the Plastic Free Paper solution provides the oxygen, fat and mineral oil barriers that are essential for preserving food products and is fully compliant with food contact standards.

Tests carried out with Centre Technique du Papier (CTP) in France and Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) in Germany have confirmed that there is no impact on the recyclability of the papers and cardboards for the first two applications available:

  • Replacing the sealable plastic layer for non-food packaging, such as mailing films or food films for dry or fatty products (tea bags, confectionery, pet chews, etc.)
  • Replacing per- or poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) for papers that need to be grease-proof (e.g. fast food packaging)

The Plastic Free Paper solution offers a real alternative for manufacturers (processors and/or brands) in the context of their environmental efforts and the application of the European directive restricting single-use plastics (Directive 2019/904/EC). The material developed by Lactips is not a plastic, but a natural polymer, in accordance with European Regulation no.1907/2006 (REACH), and is therefore exempt from the demands and restrictions set by this directive.

Laurent Lyannaz, Functional Products and Services Project Leader at the CTP, explains: “The CTP has carried out laboratory work on a natural polymer based on a protein developed by Lactips. The product was able to be applied and deposited with a conventional coating process (coating by wire wound bars) on various papers without any difficulties.  The features of the coated papers confirmed that this biosourced product can effectively develop oxygen and fat barrier properties. These products were then tested for their recyclability.” Alain Cochaux, Recycling Project Leader at CTP confirms: “The results showed that these new products are recyclable because they are compatible with industrial processes for standard recycling. The papers manufactured based on the recycling of these products are also visually attractive. The Lactips coating does not prevent the recycling of papers and cardboards in the packaging recycling sector, as defined by European Directive 2018/852/EU on packaging and packaging waste.

Our mission at Lactips is to rethink plastic packaging with a view to limiting its impacts. We wanted to offer manufacturers and brands a range of alternative solutions that are responsible and above all aligned with performance requirements and their industrial processes in order to help them with their ecological and regulatory transformation. Lactips’ Plastic Free Paper is a perfect response to these challenges, and we are very proud that we will be able to launch its sales within the next few months”, concludes Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, Lactips CEO and co-founder.

About Lactips

Because plastics are a necessity for human activities, but controlling their end-of-life is essential, Lactips manufactures a natural polymer with multiple technical and high-performance properties, biodegradable, to support manufacturers in their ecological transition. Meeting the challenges of sustainable development in the packaging sector and adapted to the needs of manufacturers, Lactips’ CareTips pellets are used to produce 100% natural and biodegradable in water and in home composting solutions. This new material is also suitable for food products.
Created in 2014 by Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, plastics engineer and business strategy specialist, and Frédéric Prochazka, PhD, lecturer-researcher at Saint-Etienne University, Lactips employs 60 people today and is working to deploy a 2,500 sq.m new production site to further increase its annual capacity to over 3,000 tons. Lactips, a signatory member of the United Nations Global Compact, is one of the 20 high potential companies in the French Tech Green20 program, has been awarded the GreenTech Innovation label and is one of the first companies to be awarded the “1000 Efficient Solutions” label by the Solar Impulse Foundation.

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Lactips is innovating for sustainable packaging

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Lactips is innovating for sustainable packaging

  • Industrial and commercial partnership with Plastiques Venthenat to replace polluting plastics for consumer and commercial use
  • Soluble and printable temporary labels
  • Scented laundry pearls working with Givaudan for a matrix that will be fully biodegradable in water
  • Compostable golf tees to protect the greens

Saint-Jean-Bonnefonds, June 3, 2021 – Lactips, the French company specialized in producing a soluble plastic with zero environmental trace, has developed new product applications to continue to address the issue of polluting plastics on multiple levels. Based on work by Lactips’ R&D and Project teams, these eco-solutions address different markets with a view to rapidly replacing their previous plastic materials. The manufacturing and marketing of the new products are moving forward in partnership with major players for these applications so that they can effectively reach their end markets, rapidly contributing to help stop the impact of plastic pollution on the environment.

Lactips and Plastiques Venthenat launch new consumer and commercial applications 

To further strengthen and extend its dedicated range of plastics for water-soluble packaging, Lactips has set up a partnership with Plastiques Venthenat, a French industrial firm specialized for over 40 years in the extrusion of highly technical plastic films, to transform its plastic pellets, based on a natural raw material, with multiple properties, into rolls of films, without any impact on the environment, for distribution to its clients.
Marketed under the BIOCYTER® brand (aiming to replace polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films), Plastiques Venthenat is directly addressing the single-dose monolayer packaging and detergent markets and laundry services, particularly in the medical sector (thanks to the applications for water-soluble ties and bags).
I am delighted with the partnership agreement signed with Lactips, enabling us to combine our respective areas of know-how to industrially master the extrusion of our BIOCYTER® film based on the Lactips resin. The qualities of this biosourced, water-soluble and biodegradable film are fully aligned with the growing demand among our clients for environmentally-responsible packaging to replace many traditional plastic films”, confirms Michel Rauturier, CEO of Plastiques Venthenat.

Thanks to this industrial partnership, new applications have been able to be developed:

  • Oopya, an ecological disinfectants manufacturer, is removing plastic from the packaging for its single-dose salt sticks thanks to Lactips

Focused on detergents, Oopya has developed an effective, safe and ecological cleaning solution, produced using water, salt contained in a natural, water-soluble plastic packaging, and electricity.
This innovation aims to reduce the use of chemical products and their plastic packaging. It was therefore a natural choice for Oopya to use the water-soluble films made with Lactips pellets to create the packaging for its “salt sticks”, replacing the previous generations of packaging. The products are sold in chains of organic stores or directly to consumers online.

  • Soluble and printable temporary labels

Thanks to its “printable” property, the Lactips material, transformed into a film, makes it possible to create soluble temporary labels. Without any prior treatment, it is aligned with an innovative and ecological approach for temporary labels to provide information, promote or decorate a wide range of products.
The configurations for manufacturers and environmental tests are still being validated, with this new application expected to be launched in 2021.

Lactips links up with Givaudan for scented linen

Developed with a world-leading fragrance company, the “CareTips Natural PearlsTM” are scented pearls that combine Lactips pellets with Givaudan fragrances. They illustrate both partners’ capacity for innovation and co-creation with a view to offering responsible products. Traditionally inserted in PVA or PEG (Polyethylene Glycol) based products, the laundry fragrances will now be packaged in Lactips’ 100% natural and plastic-free carrier material. Soon distributed directly to consumers and in organic store chains, the new scented pearls are placed directly in the washing machine drum, where they dissolve during the washing process, leaving a fresh and delicate fragrance on the clothes even after they have dried.

Transforming plastic in all its forms

Where Lactips tees biodegrade, they lead to healthier grass on the greens.
With its proprietary injectors and molds, Lactips has designed a plastic-free, compostable golf tee that can rapidly biodegrade in nature and the aquatic environment, offering an alternative to plastic, metal, wood or bamboo tees, which are all too often lost or left on golf courses.
In addition to zero ecological and visual impacts, the Lactips golf tees do not cause any damage to equipment used to maintain greens (mower blades and tires can be damaged by conventional tees). The grass even grows greener where the tees have biodegraded.

Thanks to the partnerships set up and our capacity for innovation, led by our R&D team, Lactips is once again proving that its unique material can replace existing plastics by providing sustainable solutions that can easily be integrated by manufacturers and consumers, and are good for the planet. The various developments underway are focused on packaging solutions, as well as improving the recyclability of plastics for industrial clients”, explains Marion Vincent, Innovation Marketing Manager at Lactips. “Our partnership with Plastiques Venthenat will enable Lactips to sustainably position itself on the film sector with a structural model that will be duplicated across the other technical platforms”, concludes Pascal Chabance, Head of Business Development and Sales at Lactips.

About Lactips

Because plastic lasts for hundreds of years in our oceans, causing a major pollution issue, Lactips is manufacturing the first plastic with zero environmental impact, thanks to a pioneering technology enabling it to be produced using a natural raw material. Aligned with sustainable development challenges in the packaging sector and the needs of manufacturers, Lactips pellets are used to produce 100% natural packaging for detergent products. This new material is also suitable for food products.

Created in 2014 by Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, plastics engineer and business strategy specialist, and Frédéric Prochazka, PhD, lecturer-researcher at Saint-Etienne University, Lactips employs 60 people today and is working to deploy a 2,500 sq.m new production site to further increase its annual capacity to over 3,000 tons.

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Charlène BÉAL-FERNANDES
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Marie CALLEUX / Grégory BOSSON
Tel : +33 1 53 65 68 68
Email: lactips@calyptus.net

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Lactips builds its future with a new plant in the Gier Valley

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  • Gradual ramping up of production capacity and diversification of the markets served
  • Redevelopment and extension of a former regional industrial site to bring it into line with ecological standards
  • Recruitment of new skills across all operations

Saint-Jean-Bonnefonds, October 9, 2020 – Lactips, the French company specialized in producing a soluble plastic with zero environmental trace, is moving into a new industrial development phase with the launch of its project to build its new plant in Saint-Paul-en-Jarez (42), in the Gier Valley. This program, led by Lactips, brings together a number of industrial, financial and local stakeholders, highlighting the commitment to further strengthening France’s industrial fabric to serve innovation.

 

Launched in July 2018, this industrial project marks a major turning point for Lactips, which will now have increased production capacity, in line with its ambitions to serve multiple segments across the vast packaging market. The new site, located in Saint-Paul-en-Jarez, a former coal-production region, will bring back to life a former regional food processing plant, which was shut down in 2018, while adding an extension. Lactips’ new 12,000 sq.m site will include a 2,500 sq.m production building and 1,000 sq.m administrative building, with a total floor space of 4,200 sq.m. The renovation and construction work will exceed the standards in force, particularly in terms of materials and energy consumption, as well as the equipment used.

Lactips brings new life to a site closed in 2018 and creates green jobs

The new premises, acquired as part of a €6m real estate project through the creation of a dedicated SCI property investment company (Lactips, NOVIM and BPI Investissements), will house various teams focused on developing Lactips’ activities. From the construction phase, Lactips is planning a recruitment campaign for a dozen R&D, commercial operation and production positions in order to put everything in place for the site to be operational as soon as the work is completed. Moving forward, this new industrial site will require around 30 additional staff with diverse profiles to support the development of the first plastic with zero environmental impact.
At the heart of the Gier Valley, the future plant will make it possible to bring back to life France Crème’s former whipped cream production unit, closed in 2018 by a foreign industrial firm, and to capitalize on the existing assets and local resources, notably recruiting two of the site’s previous employees.

Gradual ramp-up of production capacity supported by major investments

This industrial regeneration, selected for the national “Territoires d’industrie” program, will require nearly €30m to be invested over several years. These investments, particularly in the production facilities, made possible by the recent round of fundraising with the SPI fund, managed by Bpifrance, and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC), through Diamond Edge Ventures, entering the capital, will enable Lactips to accelerate the commercial development of its innovative technology.

From its launch, planned for 2021, this new plant will be able to produce 3,000 tons of pellets per year (compared with 1,500 currently), while ultimately targeting 10,000 tons per year. Lactips will be able to gradually install up to six production lines and develop its range of solutions for the sustainable soluble packaging and single-use plastic markets, while also ensuring compliance with the specific standards for food packaging. Alongside the administrative and sales offices, the R&D teams will benefit from a laboratory and new equipment, as well as a dedicated development and testing line.

“Lactips was founded with a view to proposing a new way of looking at plastic production, with respect for the environment, providing a solution that is aligned with the needs of both industrial firms and consumers. The steps that we have successfully taken since 2014 have led us to this major industrial turning point. Through our project to create this plant, we are establishing our natural plastic production, based on milk proteins, at a former whipped cream production site. This loop, which is closing, will give us the capabilities needed to develop our solutions for the food packaging market, and will enable us to support regional employment by creating green jobs. Once again, Lactips has united stakeholders from all sides around this program. Specifically, I would like to thank NOVIM and all its directors, Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts Group) and Bpifrance, as well as Saint-Etienne Métropole, the Loire department and the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region for their support. We, Lactips, an innovative industrial firm from the Loire region, are proud to launch this ambitious project and promote our unique know-how around the world”, confirms Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, Lactips CEO and co-founder.

About Lactips

Because plastic lasts for hundreds of years in our oceans, causing a major pollution issue, Lactips is manufacturing the first plastic with zero environmental impact, thanks to a pioneering technology enabling it to be produced using a natural raw material. Aligned with sustainable development challenges in the packaging sector and the needs of manufacturers, Lactips pellets are used to produce 100% natural packaging for detergent products. This new material is also suitable for food products.

Created in 2014 by Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, plastics engineer and business strategy specialist, and Frédéric Prochazka, PhD, lecturer-researcher at Saint-Etienne University, Lactips employs 45 people today and is working to deploy a 2,500 sq.m new production site to further increase its annual capacity to over 3,000 tons.

Learn more at: www.lactips.com

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Lactips has developed a water-soluble strip, during the health crisis, for hospital laundries enabling them to isolate contaminated linen

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Lactips has developed a water-soluble strip, during the health crisis, for hospital laundries enabling them to isolate contaminated linen.

  • Fully bio-sourced and biodegradable soluble opening strip

  • Solution rapidly deployed to protect professionals and the environment

  • Fully dissolvable without any sticky residue

Saint-Jean-Bonnefonds (Loire), July 15, 2020 – Lactips, the French company specialized in producing a soluble plastic with zero environmental trace, has developed a solution to produce water-soluble strips for sealing hospital laundry bags, particularly those contaminated with COVID-19.

Faced with the need to safeguard everyone across the supply chain for laundry operations against all threats of infection through contact with potentially contaminated linen, Lactips has rapidly developed a new application: a water-soluble strip designed to seal and limit the handling of laundry bags used by healthcare operators (hospitals, care homes, etc.).

From the first week of the lockdown, following the influx of patients, Lactips was contacted by four regional hospital centers (13, 42, 43 and 94) and an internationally renowned university hospital center covering 39 hospitals across the Paris Region that had a shortage of water-soluble strips. The company responded immediately to the urgent health situation by shipping scored rolls then designing a specific product adapted for these healthcare requirements.

Approved by all the sector’s stakeholders, and released in Europe, this new product, developed in partnership with a French manufacturer, makes it possible to secure the handling of infected linen and limit the risk of infection within the laundry treatment circuit. Placed directly in the machine, the soluble strip disappears completely in contact with water (from 40° to 60°C in accordance with the standard applied), releasing the linen from the bag during the washing cycle without leaving behind any sticky residue.

Lactips is helping maintain the “clean circuit” chain for a range of stakeholders (senior housing, laundry facilities and transport providers). Through this solution, Lactips is once again supporting industrial operators by giving them the means to satisfy the expectations of customers looking for natural and fully biodegradable solutions in order to protect people and the environment.

Lactips responding to health and ecological challenges

During the health crisis, with a shortage of supplies of the strips normally used, the hospital sector has had to find alternatives. Thanks to Lactips, healthcare operators can now source supplies of sealed bags that integrate Lactips’ fully biosourced and biodegradable technology, replacing the existing solutions manufactured with petroleum-based products. To ensure a rapid response to their requirements, Lactips developed not only the technological solution, but also the finished product, in partnership with a leading firm from the bag packaging sector, supplying the bags.

« Initially, we were able to respond quickly to provide a temporary solution for healthcare stakeholders who were on the front line during the epidemic. Faced with growing demand, thanks to the unprecedented mobilization of our teams, supported by local industry, Lactips was able to develop, in record time, an effective and approved solution that is continuing to be used by the hospitals today », explains Pascal CHABANCE, Head of Sales at Lactips.

« In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, our values of protecting people and the environment, which are core pillars for Lactips, drove us to support the hospital world in response to the health emergency. I would like to thank all of my teams, who successfully put them into practice by supporting the national collective effort », confirms Marie-Hélène GRAMATIKOFF, CEO et co-founder at Lactips.

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About Lactips

Because plastic lasts for hundreds of years in our oceans, causing a major pollution issue, Lactips is manufacturing the first plastic with zero environmental impact, thanks to a pioneering technology enabling it to be produced using a natural raw material. Aligned with sustainable development challenges in the packaging sector and the needs of manufacturers, Lactips pellets are used to produce 100% natural packaging for detergent products. This new material is also suitable for food products. Created in 2014 by Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, plastics engineer and business strategy specialist, and Frédéric Prochazka, PhD, lecturer-researcher at Saint-Etienne University, Lactips employs 45 people today and is working to deploy a 2,500 sq.m new production site to further increase its annual capacity to over 3,000 tons.

Press contacts :
LACTIPS
Charlène BÉAL-FERNANDES
beal-fernandes@lactips.com
Tel : +33 481 130490
Ou
CALYPTUS
Marie CALLEUX / Grégory BOSSON
Tel : +33 1 53 65 68 68
Email: lactips@calyptus.net

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