Sustainable Converting

Greif Green Tool supports customer sustainability goals

rise in demand for its successful Greif Green Tool as companies proactively explore new ways to reduce their environmental footprint. The Greif Green Tool, developed in 2010, is a flexible calculator that uses independent lifecycle data of Greif industrial packaging products. The tool is designed to help customers make informed decisions about which industrial packaging best suits their products and to achieve their sustainability goals. Recent significant updates to the capabilities of the Greif Green Tool include enhanced analysis to allow detailed modeling, plant specific analysis and improved classification of Greif’s sustainable products and processes. The Green Tool allows customers to review and compare the


environmental impact of plastic drums, steel drums, IBCs, fibre drums and big bags specifically related to their business. Using a range of cross-functional data, such as geographic scope, product specifications and transportation, the Greif Green Tool allows multiple stakeholders within a business to discover shared improvement opportunities. Results can be used to create an environmental baseline and help

customers make meaningful comparisons between different packaging types and track their progress over time.

First PE film label manufactured entirely from recycled material


his new PE label, manufactured exclusively from recycled polyethylene, is thought to be the first of its kind worldwide. It was jointly developed to market readiness in Germany by the

printer schäfer-etiketten and the self-adhesive materials specialist HERMA, with the aid of the PE film experts of POLIFILM. It made its public debut in Munich at the CosmeticBusiness fair. Half of the “raw material” for the label stock originates from industrial

waste, and the other half from the single-use PE commonly discarded by households, typically in the form of plastic bottles and packaging remains. “This novel label material prints very well no matter what the

technique, from flexo and offset to screen and digital printing,” reports Volker Hurth, who oversees the cosmetic industry business of schäfer- etiketten. “Customers who have seen the samples have given the material an enthusiastic reception, and actual projects and orders are already being processed.” HERMA is likewise delighted with the outcome. Dr Ulli Nägele, HERMA’s head of development, comments, “The material responds well to coating, and the conventional roll sizes can be fabricated without any constraints.” 46 July/ August 2019 reif is

seeing a continued

Klöckner Pentaplast works with Petcore to prove tray to tray recycling

recycling post-consumer pots, tubs and trays made from Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) from the domestic recycling stream can be used to manufacture more protective food packaging, creating a closed loop process for tray to tray recycling. The project started to show clear evidence that post-consumer PET


packaging can be recycled back into more food packaging without the addition of clear PET bottle flakes. This is a pivotal study to encourage recycling of PET food packaging and not just drinks bottles at the domestic recycling collection point. With thanks to successful sorting at Valorplast, this working group with

Petcore Europe has generated a case study in a European country that rPET flake from food trays can be extruded into new PET rigid film, which can then be thermoformed back into pots, tubs or trays. This adopts the ‘Activate’ pillar of kp’s Positive Plastics Pledge, which is committed to driving change at scale through demonstrating the recyclability of the PET trays which will encourage better recycling infrastructure globally, achieving a circular economy. During the pilot, 20 tonnes of post-consumer recycled PET flake has been recycled back into food trays manufactured by kp in Spain.

Curiosities partners with Parkside to introduce compostable VSP film laminate


arkside has developed a unique compostable vacuum skin pack (VSP) laminate for The Curiosities Company’s range of cured bacon - the first pre-packed bacon available in the UK

suitable for home and industrial compostable packaging. The new pack supports The

Curiosities Company’s vision of being a sustainable innovator in the delicatessen industry. Comprising a duplex laminate manufactured from cellulose and bio-polymers, the pack extends the shelf life of the bacon thanks to its hermetic seal and high oxygen barrier design. The compostable laminate is made from tree and plant fibres and is designed to break down within 26 weeks in a home composting environment, gaining accreditation from TUV (formerly Vincotte). The laminate forms the inner pack of the product, contained within an FCS accredited outer pack that is sourced from sustainable forests and is 100 per cent recyclable. The Curiosities Company owner and founder, Simon Warrick, says: “When I

started this company, I envisioned creating a business that went above and beyond to ensure its products were market-leading in terms of sustainability. This is my first venture into compostable packaging, and I wanted to ensure it would add to the value of the product. The packaging created by Parkside is extremely innovative and takes our brand to the next level.” 

löckner Pentaplast (kp) a plastics manufacturer of food packaging for fresh food, recently ran a successful pilot as part of a Working Group with Petcore Europe to demonstrate that

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