Italian company Kuku International Packaging has been engaged in the research of alternative materials to plastics, for more than three years already. After several tests, the company had succeeded in making packaging from cotton fiber. And since this year, also from linen yarn, thanks to a collaboration with Linificio e Canapificio Nazionale, the largest European producer of linen yarn. The two companies have also jointly registered the trademark L!Ncredible.
"Linen yarn is the most sustainable material that exists because it has a very positive carbon balance. Flax is grown in some European countries, with France leading the way, but also in the Netherlands and Belgium. So, it doesn't have to be imported from other continents. Flax does not require irrigation and it is also a very rustic crop, so hardly any plant protection products are needed to protect the crop," said Serena Ruppi, CEO of Kuku International Packaging.
"Thanks to our technical team and cooperation with other European companies, we have created different types of packaging for the most diverse applications that can also be used on existing packaging machines, so that customers are not forced to purchase new machines."
For the fruit and vegetable sector, the company has currently designed tubular nets for garlic, onions and shallots to be used on netting machines and rolls of paper with linen or cotton yarn to be used on vertical and horizontal flowpack machines. "Our net then forms the window that allows the product to breathe and also makes it highly visible to the consumer, a fundamental requirement in the fruit and vegetable sector."
In a market increasingly focused on sustainable materials, linen yarn provides a great option for packaging high-value products that need to stand out on all fronts.
"We decided to offer a full range of packaging to provide our customers with sufficient solutions to keep up with the current trend towards sustainable packaging. Thanks in part to our range of cotton products under the Kuku Zero Plastic brand, we can really meet any request," concluded Ruppi.
For more information:
Kuku International Packaging
Via Provanone 4100
40014 Palata Pepoli (Bologna) - Italy
+39 (0)51 6830969