Film & Foil

nnovia Films and German snack manufacturer, Wildcorn, have worked together to produce a fully recyclable and sustainable pack for their Wildcorn organic popcorn range. Wildcorn founded 2016 in Berlin, produces

Fully recyclable film developed I

Tobias Enge, founder of Wildcorn explains,

a range of 100 per cent organic, healthy and flavourful snacks, including dry roasted popcorn as a healthy alternative to crisps. In 2017, the company launched its first sustainability program in partnership with Mellifera (the German head organisation for bee protection) to offset their use of agricultural resources by planting flower strips to rebuild/ maintain ecosystems. The joint project to establish a new sustainable packaging standard began soon after the launch of Innovia’s Propafilm Strata high barrier film which quickly achieved the ‘Made for Recycling’ logo from Interseroh, an Independent German recycling and consulting company. Alasdair McEwen, global product manager packaging, Innovia Films explains, “This certification proves the recyclability of our new Strata BOPP film. It has been designed to be a standalone mono filmic solution or, to be used in laminate constructions to be ‘recycle ready’, or recyclable in countries which have the infrastructure to recycle polypropylene.”

“Our products are wholesome natural organic snacks, providing a heathier alternative to consumers. But as a consumer goods company we are responsible to look at the complete ecological impact of our product and packaging waste is one of the key challenges of our generation. Today’s emphasis on a ‘circular economy’ is very prominent so we decided to find a structure for our packaging that is fully recyclable while providing premium product protection. Ensuring that our consumers still experience the same high quality and taste they have come to expect. ” To make the Wildcorn pack, a lamination

of Propafilm Strata and a white cavitated OPP was used. This construction was also tested by Interseroh and they confirmed that it was fully recyclable, awarding the pack the ‘Made for Recycling’ certification. Propafilm Strata provides a very effective

barrier to aroma, mineral oils and oxygen even at high relative humidity levels ensuring increased shelf life and reduced food waste. It is glossy, is food contact compliant and chlorine free. The film is suitable for use in a range of

markets, is printable and offers a wide seal and hot tack range. Enge continues, “Moving forwards, we plan to move all our

products to the new sustainable format and continue the development of a sustainable packaging.”

bench top system is specially designed for both semi and fully automatic applications that require lightweight yet high strength plastic films. In line with an increasing requirement to

Banding machine ideal for plastic film J

enton Packaging has launched the portable, low maintenance Bandit 300 heat seal banding machine. This latest

reduce the use of plastics, the new Jenton Bandit 300 is capable of handling 40-60 micron plastic film which is half the thickness of film used by other banding machines. For added flexibility, the compact Jenton Bandit 300 also offers paper and printed banding. It handles product up to 300mm with operating speeds up to 25 cycles per minute. The Jenton Bandit 300 is ideal for daily

delivered postal items such as lunch packs, retail tamper evidence, greetings cards and multipacks. In addition, clear plastic film can be used for more innovative banding applications such as t-shirts, tea towels and padded envelopes. When used with paper, the Jenton Bandit 300 can wrap airline meals, cutlery, shelf stacking and vending machine loading. For maximum uptime, the well-proven arch feature means that the film feed is

With a portable, ‘plug and play’ design,

the Jenton Bandit 300 can be used across different production areas whilst offering simple operation via an automatic foot pedal or start switch. It boasts customisable temperature/ dwell time menu, is microprocessor controlled and CE-approved. Jenton Packaging designs and constructs trollies and tables to allow integration of the Bandit 300 into individual production environments. The company can also supply automatic infeed and outfeed conveying systems for its banding systems. Other accessories include banding with either repeat or registered print up to four colours. Jenton Packaging supplies ATS banders, its own Bandit banding systems and Emplex bag sealers on a purchase or rental basis. At its Whitchurch-based facility, Jenton

trackless eliminating the possibility of dust or tool-based jams. The design also facilitates the continuous application of multi-bands. A simple banding tension control adjusts to the product and a patented tape guide mechanism allows trouble free table feeding.

Group offers a full workshop for equipment repair and maintains an extensive stock of spares in addition to having a number of service engineers available for on-site repairs and maintenance. December/ January 2020 43

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