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With the world gone plastic
conscious, TIPA is working on making packaging ecological.
“Packaging should behave just like an orange peel, so nature won’t even notice we’re here,” says TIPA, a company founded by Daphna Nissenbaum and Tal Neuman, as a response to a pressing global challenge. Food and beverage packaging is behind two-thirds of the world’s plastic waste. By some estimates less than 10% of plastic packaging is recycled. To tackle the issue, TIPA has assembled a interdisciplinary team of doctors, chemistry and bioplastics specialists, and food engineers. The goal is for flexible packaging to have the same end-life as organic matter, while still providing the durability, transparency and shelf life of the classic product. And this goes beyond food – the portfolio is intended to fit diverse sectors, such as magazines and fashion apparel.
The multilayer packaging is made from a blend of polymers fully compostable in 180 days. Going for a circular economy approach, all the company’s range complies with standard EU regulations for composting. In September 2019, TIPA secured 25 million $ of investment in its latest financing round.