Sustainability

Sustainability is a key factor as we approach our purpose to protect, present, and preserve food through effective and innovative packaging.

THE BENEFITS OF FLEXIBILE PACKAGING

SMALLER ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

Flexible packaging is generally more resource efficient than alternative packaging types.

Source: Flexible Packaging Europe

REQUIRES
LESS
ENERGY

During manufacturing and transportation, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel usage.

Source: Flexible Packaging Europe

HIGH PRODUCT TO PACKAGE RATIO

Consuming less resources and reducing total waste.

Source: Flexible Packaging Europe

PLUS

FLEXIBLE packaging plays an essential role in protecting food throughout the supply chain and extending shelf-life, thus reducing damage, loss, and waste.

14 days

5-10 days

3%

2-3 days

Fighting Food Waste

Wrapping a cucumber in plastic film extends its shelf-life to up to 14 days.

Fighting Food Waste

The shelf-life of beef can be extended by 5-10 days when using a plastic packaging solution.

Fighting Food Waste

In Europe, only 3% of all products delivered to customers are spoilt during transport thanks to packaging – compared to 50% in developing countries.

Fighting Food Waste

Wrapping bananas in a modified atmosphere bag extends shelf-life by 2-3 days.

Source: Flexible Packaging Association, British Plastics Federation
Source: Flexible Packaging Association, British Plastics Federation
Source: Flexible Packaging Association, British Plastics Federation
Source: Flexible Packaging Association, British Plastics Federation

60W

4%

3000 litres

600,000

Plastic - It's a Fact

Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours.

Plastic - It's a Fact

The production of plastic bags consumes less than 4% of the water needed to make paper bags.

Plastic - It's a Fact

Over the lifetime of the average car, lightweight plastic parts save around 3000 litres of petrol.

Plastic - It's a Fact

Every year, around 600,000 pacemakers insulated by a polymer are fitted globally.

Source: Flexible Packaging Association, British Plastics Federation
Source: Flexible Packaging Association, British Plastics Federation
Source: Flexible Packaging Association, British Plastics Federation
Source: Flexible Packaging Association, British Plastics Federation

STEPS TO A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

CEFLEX has defined the five steps to Build a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging as:

01.

Drive collection of ALL flexible packaging for sorting and recycling

02.

Sort and recycle the suitable mono-material fractions.

03.

Redesign multi-material flexible packaging to mono-materials with existing recycling streams where possible.

04.

Identify solutions and develop capabilities to sort and recycle the remaining fractions.

05.

End markets for all recycled flexible packaging materials.

The Plastics Pact Network consists of national and regional initiatives working towards a circular economy for plastic.
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How We're Designing for Recyclability

Mono materials allow us to design for recyclability. A mono polymer structure is made up of one or more layers of the same material.

We offer weld-seal mono-material lidding films within our K Seal range which is particularly relevant to the meat, poultry, and fish/seafood market. The films have an all-polyester structure and are available with a high-oxygen barrier.

They also offer exceptional transparency, with excellent antifog properties, and weld seal to rPET or APET trays.

Our products allow you to switch from “hard-to-recycle” mixed plastics, for example, a PET/PE food tray, to a mono-material food tray with the same mono-material top film.

We also offer recyclable mono PET lidding films across our brand portfolio. Please get in touch with our team for more information.

ROAD TO FLEXIBLE RECYCLING

The kerbside collection of flexible plastics packaging for recycling in the UK is possible and affordable and could be phased in by 2023, according to a report produced for the Flexible Packaging Consortium.

For now, supermarkets are leading the way with the in-store collection of flexible plastics. And WRAP has a guide for retailers to simplify recycling for their customers.

 

The key elements are:

  1. Collect “all flexible plastic packaging” at front-of-store locations.
  2. Always refer to the material as “plastic bags and wrapping”.
  3. Recycling containers should be easy to find and access.

Shop & Drop Recycling Facilities

The UK supermarkets offering in-store collection points include:

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FLEXIBILE PLASTIC FUND

 

Five manufacturing giants have united to form a £1 million fund to help make flexible plastic recycling economically viable for recyclers and easier for consumers. Mars UK, Mondelez International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Unilever are supporting the Flexible Plastic Fund, which is a UK industry first and is being led by producer compliance scheme Ecosurety with support from environmental charity Hubbub.

 

Under the mantra “We’re bringing flexi back”, the new collaborative fund is intended to give value to flexible plastics – including plastic film lids – so they are properly recycled.

 

And the message is: “Whether you call it flexi, flexible, soft or ‘plastic bags and wrapping’, there are loads of ways to describe things like wrappers, packets, film, and pouches. The important thing is that it can now be recycled.”


Find a Collection Point

Using the Flexible Plastic Fund's search facility

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On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL)

 

The On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) is changing its labelling rules to include polypropylene (PP) films from January 1st 2022.

 

This move will bring PP flexible packaging into line with PE films, significantly broadening the range of soft packaging that consumers can recycle within supermarkets.

 

OPRL is also adding its specialist in-store recycling labelling to crisp packets and metallised snack and chocolate wrappers from January.


Find a Collection Point

Using the Flexible Plastic Fund's search facility

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REDCYCLE

 

The REDcycle program is a voluntary industry-led recovery initiative for post-consumer soft plastic. Consumers can return all their soft plastic using collection points in Coles and Woolworths supermarket stores across Australia.

 

The collected material is recycled and used to manufacture a range of new plastic products, including indoor and outdoor furniture, bollards, signage and other items for the consumer market.

 

We are proud to be a REDcycle partner. We offer grades in our K Peel lidding film range that are REDcycle approved. You can find out more here.


Find a Collection Point

Using the Flexible Plastic Fund's search facility

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THE FUTURE & CHEMICAL RECYCLING

 

Chemical recycling is a range of emerging technologies in the waste management industry. It allows the recycling of plastics that are difficult or uneconomic to recycle mechanically.

 

By turning plastic waste back into base chemicals and chemical feedstocks, chemical recycling can significantly improve recycling rates and divert material from landfill or incineration.

 

In its document “Plastics Explained: Exploring the Key Topics”, the BPF regard chemical recycling as the missing link necessary to achieve a truly circular economy for plastics.


Find a Collection Point

Using the Flexible Plastic Fund's search facility

POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED (PCR) CONTENT

PCR (post-consumer recycled content) refers to plastic that has been used by a consumer and has then been diverted or recovered from waste in order to be recycled.

The UK Government’s Plastic Packaging Tax on producing and importing plastic packaging with less than 30% PCR comes into force in April 2022.

To meet the growing demand for packaging with post-consumer recycled content, we can provide PET lidding film with PCR content. Please get in touch if you would like more information.
 

Compostable and biodegradable packaging is seen to be crucial if food waste recycling is to be increased.

Home-compostable bags feature within our C-Range of bio-plastic products. The C-BAG is suitable for fresh produce, bakery, and meat.

It meets the Soil Association Standard for packaging materials and has TUV certification, which was developed to guarantee complete biodegradability in garden compost heaps and other slower-paced processes.

Our C-Range of bio-plastic packaging materials includes shrink wrap, stretch wrap, adhesive tape, and bags.

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