Gi.St.El. Plast adopts NatureFlex NVS films for tomato wrapping

Micro-perforated Natureflex films certified for industrial & home compostable

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NatureFlex compostable films
The NatureFlex NVS films, used here to pack tomatoes, are printed and macro-perforated, in line with the end products’ specific requirements.

Strategically placed amongst Sicilian farms, Gi.St.El. Plast is a well-known packaging supplier in Italy. Ever since the company began, the Occhipinti Amato family have based their strategy on quality and service, presenting their customers with the best packaging solutions for their produce.

Theirs is a story of ‘family, passion and progress: a nod to the past but always looking towards the future.’ It is with this forward-looking mindset that several years ago they began to offer renewable and compostable packaging solutions made from NatureFlex cellulose films. These solutions are now increasingly being adopted for fresh produce flow packs.

The NatureFlex NVS films, used here to pack tomatoes, are printed and macro-perforated, in line with the end products’ specific requirements. These packaging films offer a unique opportunity to match the ethos of high-quality fresh produce suppliers, especially for organic products.

Natureflex NVS runs efficiently on automatic packaging machines

Thanks to NatureFlex films, Gi.St.El. Plast’s fresh produce packaging range is certified not only with the global standards for industrial composting (including EN13432), but also certified to the TŰV Austria OK Compost Home composting standard for backyard composting. This means that the films can go straight into the garden compost bin, diverting waste from landfills. The films are also renewable as they are manufactured from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed plantations.

In addition to its sustainability credentials, NatureFlex NVS has been proven to run with excellent efficiencies on automatic packaging machines and to protect the freshness of the packaged products.

Stefano Occhipinti Amato says, “We are proud to offer our valued customers a solution that fits perfectly with the principles of the circular economy. At the same time, these films satisfy the customers’ needs for easy machinability and proper product protection. Over the years, these products have become our strength and pride.”

Gi.St.El. Plast supplies packaging materials to a broad range of fruit and vegetable growers. This includes the Mediterranee Group based in Pachino, which produces and packages the Pachino IGP (protected geographical indication) tomato and the Mediterranee Group Controlled Chain Tomato from their farms. The Mediterranee Group and Gi.St.El. Plast worked together to create the graphics and packaging used to wrap these fresh tomatoes.

A spokesperson from Mediterranee Group said, “As a company, we have always paid particular attention to sustainability and environmental protection. Having ascertained the quality of the NatureFlex film and the certifications that distinguish it, we believe this product is perfectly in line with the achievement of our objectives, in addition to NatureFlex we use cardboard trays with FSC certification.”

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