Japan's first film for use in packaging materials that uses biomass polyethylene (PE) has been developed by Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. Full-scale sales will be launched from August 2011. The new product is a film that partially uses a raw material derived from sugarcane and has a biomass ratio of up to 40% (ratio by weight). While using a raw material derived from plants, the film retains the same performance as existing films in terms of properties such as shock resistance and ease of tearing. This product is being used for standing refill pouches for items such as hair care products.
This product achieves a reduction in the use of conventional feedstock by replacing oil-based linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) with a film that partially uses LLDPE derived from sugarcane.