IAG Cargo trials new biodegradable film


IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) is to trial new film to be used for wrapping transported goods, as part of its sustainability strategy.

IAG Cargo is working with disposal company and film manufacturer Verpa Folie, who has developed this innovative solution of reduced-thickness polyethylene films with US based BioNatur Plastics.

With this new sustainable material that is 15 micron thickness, 100% recyclable and biodegradable by landfill, IAG Cargo will save up to 15 tonnes of virgin polyethylene a year. This is beneficial on a global scale, where the receiving country of the goods will be able to sustainably dispose of the film.

Not only does the material have an indefinite shelf life, prohibiting unnecessary waste, it can also be used for food and temperature-controlled items – which are popular services for IAG Cargo.

David Rose, Chief Transformation Officer at IAG Cargo commented, We are continuously looking at ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment in line with our commitment to sustainability. This solution provided by Verpa Folie, which we plan to roll out across our operation, will reduce our plastic consumption and is another step forward for IAG Cargo as we become fit for future.

Peter Griebel, Managing Director of Verpa Folie Weidhausen, the exclusive producer of BioNatur foil for M&G packaging in Europe, said: We are really happy that our long-term partner, IAG Cargo, has started using our product, which is one of the most sustainable and thinnest solutions for air cargo operations worldwide.

This further builds on IAG Cargos current sustainability initiatives where the first electric Terberg YT203EV is being trialled for 12 months, with the ambition to transition its current diesel fleet to more sustainable alternatives, including electric.