NewPage's "LittleFoot" Compostable Packaging Barrier Products Earns Sustainability Award

NewPage's LittleFoot 100% compostable packaging barrier product earned the Institute of Packaging Professional's 2013 AmeriStar Sustainability Award.

June 18, 2013 (Press Release) - NewPage Corporation (NewPage), a leading supplier of flexible packaging papers for food and medical packaging, announced today the receipt of the Institute of Packaging Professional's (IoPP) 2013 AmeriStar Sustainability Award for its new LittleFootTM family of 100 percent compostable packaging barrier products.

Each year, the IoPP presents the prestigious AmeriStar Awards to leaders in the industry, recognizing excellence and innovation in packaging design. The AmeriStar Sustainability Award is a top honor, recognizing packaging that has scored high in reducing its impact on the environment, and includes evaluation of factors such as efficient energy usage, recycling efforts, effective use of packaging materials, material recovery, and the use of renewable raw materials.

LittleFoot, an innovative new 100 percent compostable packaging laminate from NewPage, is made from renewable resources and was developed to offer oxygen and moisture barrier levels that are ideal for shelf stable food applications such as coffee, dry mixes, confections and energy bars. LittleFoot™ has an exceptional surface for printing, and integrates into existing converting equipment.

"We are honored to have received this top sustainability recognition from the IoPP," said Jim Sheibley, director, specialty papers business and product development for NewPage. "We look forward to exploring opportunities to commercialize our LittleFoot product in the months ahead through partnerships and licensing agreements with strategic brand owners and packaging converters who are striving to enhance their compostable packaging offerings."

AmeriStar Awards are judged based on packaging innovation, sustainability, protection, economics, performance and marketing. NewPage and other AmeriStar Award winners will be honored at the AmeriStar and Visionary Awards Ceremony, taking place Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the EastPack packaging event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.