Biodegradable packaging co Tipa (Israel) raises $10m in a financing round led by Li Ka-shing’s Horizon Ventures

Daphna Nissenbaum CEO, and Tal Neuman VP Sales of TIPA Daphna Nissenbaum CEO, and Tal Neuman VP Sales of TIPA

TIPA’s revolutionary patent pending films brings a whole new breed of sustainable flexible packaging to the market. Our new polymer based pouches are 100% bio-degradable in just 180 days, after going through an industrial compostation process. TIPA’s multi-layered films is characterized with high flexibility and durability, high resistance to oxygen and water vapor permeation and transparency.

These unique films were designed to produce liquid-carrying pouches that are easy to use & cost competitive in a wide array of applications.

The film uniqueness:

TIPA’s innovative technology and application address existing needs:

Due to the limited number of bio-degradable polymers, it is often difficult, or even impossible, to identify one single polymer or co-polymer that meets the desired performance criteria for flexible packaging applications.

However the need for a bio-degradable film that is transparent with high light transmittance, low haze and low water and gas permeability is very real, and could be a break-through concept for liquid receptacles.

The bio-degradable packaging market is constantly developing and experiencing rapid growth, especially the food and beverages segments. While there are a wide variety of alternatives for dry food packaging, the liquids segment in general and beverages segment in particular – has no type of bio-degradable solution. >>biodegradable food packaging

TIPA’s Films – Tests and Standards:

The films were tested according to the following relevant standards:

  1. Stress at maximum load –
    Young’s Modulus and the strain at break were measured using the ASTM D882-10 Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting.
  2. Light transmittance and haze –
    Were measured using the ASTM D1003 – 07e1 Standard Test Method for Haze and Luminous Transmittance of Transparent Plastics.
  3. Oxygen permeability –
    Was measured using the ASTM D3985 – 05(2010)e1 Standard Test Method for Oxygen Gas Transmission Rate Through Plastic Film and Sheeting Using a Coulometric Sensor.
  4. Water vapor permeability –
    Was measured using the ASTM E398 – 03(2009)e1 Standard Test Method for Water Vapor Transmission Rate of Sheet Materials Using Dynamic Relative Humidity Measurement.
  5. Bio-degradability and compostability –
    Were evaluated according to EN 13432:2007 -Packaging — Requirements forpackaging recoverablethrough compostingand bio-degradation —Test scheme andevaluation criteria forthe final acceptance ofpackaging.

Production Feasibility:

TIPA’s bio-degradable compounds can be produced using existing production equipment for form, fill and seal including: casting, Injection-molding, thermoforming, heat sealing, coating, printing and aseptic /cold filling.

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