Toray Plastics (America) Inc., leading manufacturer of precision-performance polyester and polypropylene films, has introduced new Ecodear® advanced compostable bio-based films, made with polylactic acid (PLA) resin. The new, thin bi-axially-oriented Ecodear films include a metallized heat-sealable film that provides moisture and oxygen barrier protection and a clear film for use as an inner seal layer or a printweb. Ecodear films meet ASTM D6400 standard specifications for compostable plastics. Food packaging applications include frozen foods, snacks, cookies, cereal and nutrition bars, and confectionary items. Packaging for non-food items includes personal care items, fashion accessories, promotional items, toys, office supplies and other retail goods. "Interest in compostable films made from renewable resources continues to grow," says Franco Chicarella, Product Development Manager, Torayfan® Polypropylene Film Division. Toray is successfully developing the next generations of quieter PLA film. With any new technology there are always obstacles that need to be overcome, but as it's adopted improvements are made along the way that ultimately increases its utility. Toray is one of the first to offer PLA films with properties that make it truly fit for use in many applications, and we are committed to further improving our green technologies beyond PLA and into other bio-based materials."