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April 30, 2021

Amcor trials recyclable thermoform blister packaging

Amcor is trialling a recyclable polyethylene (PE) based thermoform blister packaging solution called the AmSky blister system.

Amcor is trialling a recyclable polyethylene (PE) based thermoform blister packaging solution called the AmSky blister system.

The sustainable alternative healthcare packaging helps reduce carbon emissions by up to 70% compared to existing packaging solutions currently on the market.

Once delivered, AmSky will be the first child-resistant and senior-friendly (CRSF) recyclable solution for the most in-demand type of pharmaceutical packaging.

Amcor chief commercial officer Peter Konieczny said: “Amcor is deploying its unique innovation capabilities to solve the biggest and most significant issues in packaging today.

“With AmSky, we have signalled our commitment to breakthrough innovation in the healthcare space. This is why we remain the packaging partner of choice for our healthcare customers, generating close to $2bn in annual sales in this market.

“This blister packaging solution will significantly enhance the ability of healthcare and pharmaceutical brands to put sustainability at the heart of their businesses.”

AmSky uses PE thermoform blister and lidding film as an alternative to polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which can contaminate other materials or make packaging difficult to recycle.

The company is currently working with various leading pharmaceutical companies to launch AmSky on the global market.

It is expected to be launched in the healthcare market by the second half of next year.

In January, Amcor announced a labelling service option for brands to demonstrate their carbon reduction efforts to end consumers.

The company said that brands can opt to print the ‘Reducing CO₂ Packaging’ label, which was created by the UK-based Carbon Trust, on Amcor packaging from this year.

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