In addition to the information provided by suppliers and certification results for the properties of alternative materials, a team led by Research and Development Engineer Clemens Klocker installed a proprietary test system to demonstrate the decomposition of new types of biodegradable and compostable materials in real conditions. Important findings The construction of the test system consisting of containers with different types of soil was built with the resourceful and expert support of Facility Management. The first few samples were successfully buried last autumn in different types of soil, from compost to garden soil and various types of agricultural soil. Samples are drawn every two months to determine the characteristics of the degradation. By nature, little decomposition occurs in winter, though this is made up for by activity in spring. ‘Certain products attracted tiny organisms that are involved in the degradation,’ Klocker reports. Weather data are recorded to establish correlations between weather conditions and the degradation kinetics. ‘The decomposition under real conditions is different from laboratory results. Consequently the system has already provided us with important information regarding our strategic search field of bio-based and biodegradable materials. And that is what it is all about; we want to understand the processes better,’ says Klocker.
Andrex®, the UK’s number one non-food FMCG brand, has announced plans to use 30% recycled plastic material in its packaging. Launching with its most popular product, Andrex® Classic Clean, the new packaging will be designed using 30% recycled plastic packaging made from post-consumer resin (PCR). Ensuring the packaging continues to be fully recyclable, PCR is a sustainable packaging alternative made from plastic materials used by consumers. The plastic is then taken to a facility where it is washed, reground and pelletized into a new usable material. The new Andrex® Classic Clean packs will begin to appear on all major retailers’ shelves from June 2020, a change which will remove 481 tonnes of virgin plastic over the next 12 months from this variant alone. That’s the equivalent of over 48 million 500ml PET virgin plastic bottles. The announcement marks yet another step towards a wider ambition to reduce the brand’s usage of virgin plastic. By 2023, Andrex® is targeting to have at least 50% recycled plastic across all its packaging. Ori Ben Shai, Vice President & Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark UK, said: “At Andrex, we are committed to improving the sustainability of our products and packaging. The launch of the new 30% recycled plastic packaging forms part of our wider ambition to leave a greener ‘pawprint’ on the planet. Beyond this, we aim to have at least 50% recycled plastic content in our packaging by 2023, and we will continue to look for more sustainable alternatives that reduce our environmental footprint, without compromising on the quality of our products that our customers know and love.” The announcement is just the latest step in the brand’s wider plan to further enhance its sustainability of its products, packaging and processes as part of the Andrex® Greener Paw Print initiative. All Andrex® Toilet Tissue dry packaging is 100% recyclable and the brand recently removed plastic handles from wrapped Andrex® packs of toilet tissue saving 31 tonnes of plastic per year. In addition to this, Andrex® Washlets were the first major UK brand to receive Water UK’s ‘Fine to Flush’ certification, which scientifically tests whether flushable wipes can be flushed down toilets and pass safely through sewer systems. The certification, announced earlier this year, sits across the full Andrex® Washlets range.
Some 65 percent of all packaging for food, pet food, and beverages is made from plastic. But currently only about 39 percent of packaging in Europe is recycled, with an additional 40 percent used to generate energy. In response, the EU and national governments have set ambitious targets for the volumes and percentages of packaging material that should go into a closed-loop system in the packaging industry. The targets demand a volume of 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new packaging by 2025.
The Future of Sustainable Packaging: Dow introduces INNATE™ TF Polyethylene Resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation
Compared to traditional polyethylene (PE) films, the TF-BOPE film made with INNATE™ TF Polyethylene Resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation has higher mechanical properties and material rigidity, better optical and printing performance, and offers considerable sustainability advantages, including the potential for all-PE structures for recyclability.
According to Südpack, the solutions have been designed to be more recyclable, as well as significantly lower material consumption compared to standard packaging. The Flow Pack PurePP film claims it can achieve material savings of up to 60% compared to tray packaging, with a pack for 1kg of minced meat weighing 9.5g. Südpack also says its new film can be processed quickly and efficiently on all common flow wrapping machines even at high speeds due to its advanced sealing properties.
The highlight of the Nor®Cell technology is that the weight of flexible packaging is greatly reduced using a physical, controlled foaming process without reducing the film thickness. This "lightweight construction film" weighs up to 40 percent less than conventional film. The material is therefore intelligently and efficiently used. Surface structures with unique haptics of the film can be achieved through the patented foaming technology. At the same time, packaging made with Nor®Cell is characterized by a high puncture resistance, excellent sealing ability and great print-ability.
Wiping unsustainable worries away: Mondi sets its sights on fully biodegradable nonwovens for wipes with new CAC lineThe material produced improves quality with high absorption and lotion-load Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, has developed a new Carded Airlaid Carded (CAC) line to create a more sustainable three-layer nonwoven for wipes. These can be used for personal hygiene and cleaning purposes. This new line will use 100% cellulose content, including viscose and pulp from certified sources, resulting in a nonwoven material that is fully biodegradable.
Procter & Gamble has announced significant progress with its European sustainability projects, as it seeks to meet its ‘Ambition 2030’ goals.
P&G has been working to drive the circular economy for recycled plastic in Europe through the use of circular resin in its hair care packaging (PET) and its Ariel liquid detergents bottles (HDPE).
Gurugram, India, August 05, 2019 – Packaging Connections announces its collaboration with DAVIK, global manufacturer of innovative adhesive tapes. Davik was the first company to introduce the ‘carry handle tape’ to the world. The company has developed specific formulae to fit various base to be adhered to (shrink, PET bottles, cartons) and deliver the most versatile and extensive selection of handles in the market.
Recycling Bubble Wrap® Brand Air Cellular Packaging
Their high-performance Bubble Wrap® Brand air cellular material is manufactured with a Barrier Bubble® layer that retains air and maintains its cushioning performance. This makes it highly reusable, greatly reducing the amount of packaging material that enters the waste stream. Wherever possible, we suggest you reuse Sealed Air® air cellular cushioning material. Sealed Air utilizes a manufacturing process that co-extrudes a nylon barrier with the polyethylene for better air retention which increases its useful life expectancy. The best way to keep materials out of the waste stream is to use them as long as possible.
If one cannot reuse Sealed Air® air cellular cushioning material, it can be returned to one of the locations listed .
Recycling Paper Packaging
Most Sealed Air®paper packaging products can be recycled with corrugated containers or as mixed paper. Those products which may include a polyethylene film backing should have the plastic backing removed before adding to the recycling stream, with the exception of Korrvu® suspension and retention packaging that can be recycled with the film in place. Sealed Air’s paper products are made of 100% recycled materials to help minimize environmental impact. TigerPad™ paper cushioning can be recycled with mixed paper. Additionally, the fiber is 100% renewable and all production scrap is reclaimed.
Recycling Korrvu® Packaging
Korrvu® packaging is manufactured using a standard corrugated fibreboard frame and can be easily recycled in the corrugated waste stream worldwide. Recycle Korrvu® packaging along with corrugated boxes through your normal recycling stream. Korrvu® packaging can be recycled with the film left in place. Corrugated hyrapulping facilities have been designed to recycle corrugated fibreboard which may include minor amounts of extraneous materials, such as plastic tape and labels commonly found on old corrugated containers (OCC). Korrvu® packaging is RESY approved for recycling in Germany and complies with all national and international requirements and mandates for disposal and recycling of packaging materials. Korrvu® packaging is shipped flat and assembled on-site, as needed. The high-performance design can easily be reused and is made from renewable cellulose paper fibers. It is easily recycled with common corrugated boxes.
Recycling Air Pillow Packaging
If you are sending Fill-Air®, Fill-Air® RF or Rapid Fill® material to for recycling, please do the following:
Deflate (by poking a hole in the bag) and flatten the bags.
Fold the flattened material and place it inside an appropriate sized envelope or small carton.
Affix the appropriate postage to the shipping envelope or carton.
Address the envelope or carton to our address.
Fill-Air® bags are re-useable. Please re-use them in other packages wherever possible. Fill-Air® RF inflatable packaging cushions can be manually reinflated with a drinking straw for reuse. Fill-Air®, Fill-Air® RF and Rapid Fill® bags may be recycled as described below.
Fill Air® Inflatable void fill products expand on-site. A cubic foot of inflated cells, when deflated, will lose 99.3% of its volume. The deflated cells can be sent to any of a number of Sealed Air locations where they will be recycled back into LDPE.
Bags can be sent for recycling to the facility listed to the right or can be dropped off at local stores, that collect low and high density polyethylene films. Go to How2Recycle.info for more information on local recycling drop off centers in your area.
What happens to the Fill-Air® and Rapid Fill® material once it is received at the recycle center?
Upon receipt of the material, it will be ground up and re-pelletized, so it can be used to make a variety of products from trash bags to automotive parts, which can also be recycled.
Instapak® Foam Return Program
This packaging material is comprised of a creamy yellow polyurethane foam encased in a silver, white or pink polyethylene film. The cushion (both foam and film) can be returned to Sealed Air. We have established 27 return centers worldwide for Instapak® foam cushions.
Instapak® foam requires less cushioning material in each pack, reducing package size and weight. By expanding on-site as much as 200 times, it reduces the number of trucks needed for distribution. Material can also be returned to any Sealed Air location. In those communities where municipal Waste-To- Energy (WTE) incineration facilities are available, Instapak® provides a positive waste-to-combustion contribution.
Recycling Polyethylene Foam
Committed to increasing sustainability by enhancing the performance of our PE foam products with decreased use of natural resources in manufacturing by increasing recycled content. Our PE foams are classified as #4 low-density PE (LDPE) material and can be recycled in LDPE recycling systems, including our Closed Loop Recycling program
. In countries, such as Germany, where laws mandate collection and recycling of used packaging, Sealed Air® polyethylene foams fit within the established infrastructure.