TIPA was founded to create viable compostable, flexible packaging solutions
Packaging should behave just like an orange peel, so nature won’t even notice we’re here
The segments of an orange are packed by nature in a protective multilayer peel.
When discarded, the orange peel decomposes and leaves no toxic residue; the compost left behind can be used as fertilizer for plant growth. 100% of the orange peel returns to nature.
TIPA was founded in 2010 by Daphna Nissenbaum and Tal Neuman to address the plastic waste challenge.
TIPA’s vision is for flexible packaging to have the same end-of-life as organic matter, while still offering consumers and brands the durability, transparency and shelf life they have come to expect from conventional plastics.
Yet compostable packaging can only succeed if it meets the same performance specifications as conventional plastic packaging.
Compostable packaging should also be able to seamlessly fit into today’s methodology of logistics and manufacturing practices.
The Flexible Packaging Challenge
Plastic used for food and beverage packaging makes up two-thirds of the world’s plastic waste.
Rigid (non-flexible) food plastic packaging is partly recyclable.
However, flexible packaging (packages such as fresh produce, coffee, snacks, granola bars, etc.) is a growing segment of the world’s packaging market.
Even though the volume of flexible packaging is smaller by weight and space, most flexible packaging cannot be practically recycled.
Flexible packaging isn’t made of pure plastic polymers but rather made by blending several materials.
These blended materials make flexible packaging complicated for separation and recycling.
We share our vision as an incentive to overcome this challenge with a growing community around the globe, including consumers and brands that strive for a circular economy approach, and wish that compostable packaging will become a day-to-day solution for both food and packaging waste.
What if our flexible food packaging acted just like an orange peel, and returned back to nature immediately after its use?
Bio-materials have been around for more than 20 years, but they haven’t delivered on the promise of bringing the same packaging usefulness as conventional plastic while returning 100% back to nature, with no harmful impact.
TIPA’s technology is about making the promise of bio-materials real, based on deep technological innovation and multiple patents.
The vision behind TIPA was to resolve the challenge of creating sustainable, flexible packaging by creating advanced bio-materials.
We envision packaging that can be returned back to nature after it is used, just like a banana peel becomes a part of the food waste stream.
A key technological requirement was to ensure that our flexible bio-material is as good as conventional plastic in terms of:
- Shelf life and durability
- Sealing strength
Our products have the same mechanical and optical properties as most conventional plastics, serving both consumers and manufacturers. Consumers enjoy the same level of packaging functionality.
Manufacturers receive bio-materials that meet all their manufacturing needs, materials that are adaptable to their current packaging and production practices.
TIPA’s IP and know-how encompass resin, multi-layer film structures, laminates and more, enabling the creation of optimal solutions for any specific application with any desired properties.
TIPA’s patented technology and strong manufacturing know-how solve a variety of issues concerning the applicability of bio-materials to flexible packaging.
The company has a strong professional team consisting of a group of researchers, doctors, professional experts in chemistry and bio-plastics, industrial experts and food engineers.
The TIPA team is 100% committed to making bio-based, compostable packaging work in the real world and reach a mass of consumers.
TIPA’s products are a game changer in the flexible packaging industry.
As the first company to offer a viable alternative to flexible packaging, TIPA meets the specifications brands and converters are looking for in the food and non-food industries.
TIPA’s packaging is bio-based, fully compostable and has similar mechanical and optical properties as conventional, flexible plastic packaging, including: transparency, flexibility, sealing strength, durability, barrier and shelf life.
TIPA’s flexible packaging is made from several proprietary materials, the blended outcome being fully compostable within 6 months in an industrial compost!
We currently offer the following products in our TIPA Portfolio, working closely with food, non-food and packaging companies.