(March 3, 11:51 a.m.) Automated Packaging Systems, Streetsboro, Ohio, has introduced EarthAware, a line of eco-friendly bag film materials for its AirPouch void-fill packing systems.

“We do have some produce customers, and this EarthAware could definitely be applied in some of that packaging,” said Chris Rempe, senior product manager. “We haven’t released it into all of our lines yet, but our target is to have it available in everything by the end of (February).”

Rempe said the new film is a durable linear low-density polyethylene with a proprietary additive that causes biodegradation in nine months to five years, depending on conditions.

“There’s been such a strong demand for environmentally friendly options,” Rempe said. “We had to react and offer a product to the market.”

Rempe said the additive put into the polyethylene costs less than many other biodegrading solutions.

“It helps keep costs down,” he said, “and it doesn’t require any special compost station to dispose of the material.”

The EarthAware product line, which was first introduced at Pack Expo in November in Chicago, also includes a new film made entirely from recycled pre-consumer bags and film scrap.