Two sustainable packaging innovations from Amcor that boost efficiency and improve consumer convenience have won 2018 Alufoil Trophies at the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) awards.

The company’s PolyInert laminates, which enable sensitive pharmaceuticals to be packaged in stick-pack form, won the Resource Efficiency category, and AluFix Retort Xtra, the newest addition to the successful AluFix range, won the Technical Innovation award.

PolyInert laminates

This material helps keep pharmaceutical patients safe because its stable and inert high barrier doesn’t interact with or absorb active pharmaceutical ingredients and keeps medication effective longer.

The panel also praised the sustainability of the PolyInert stick-pack format, noting that “it delivers a huge saving in material use and energy consumed in making.” The smaller size of the stick pack requires 40% less material than four-side-seal sachets commonly used for pharmaceutical powders, liquids and gels. The package has carbon footprint that is up to 30% smaller and consumes 39% less water in the manufacturing process.

AluFix Retort Extra

The aluminium foil membrane makes more convenient peelable lidding practical on metal cans for a wider range of food products. For the first time, that includes on cans containing foods with low pH values of 2-4, or those containing salts, spices and oils that can corrode or damage packaging materials.

The judging panel recognised the excellent sealing and brand differentiation properties of AluFix Retort Xtra offers – that it is printable, puncture resistant, and sealable onto both plain and PP-lacquered tinplates, and lacquered aluminium rings.

The judges commended the easy-to-peel can-end for its low environmental impact too. Recyclable in the aluminium stream, with at least 50% lighter weight and up to a 30% smaller carbon footprint, AluFix Retort Xtra is more sustainable than traditional ring-pull openings.

A better environment through innovation

Amcor said that improvements to both the PolyInert Laminates and AluFix Retort Xtra typify the company’s commitment to partnering with customers on sustainable packaging.

“We are constantly innovating and improving our products and services, and these latest Alufoil awards are further evidence of what we’re achieving,” said Andrea Della Torre, senior R&D director at the company. “We are giving customers best-in-class technical solutions that also help them differentiate their products in the market.”

To find out more about AluFix Retort Xtra and the entire award winning AluFix can-end range on, please fill out the enquiry form on this page.

*Estimates based on an ASSET lifecycle assessment comparison of easy-open ring-pull end (diameter 99mm, weight 1.97kg/m2) and AluFix® peel-off-end (diameter 99mm, weight 0.67kg/m2); assuming full waste recycling.