Packaging and coatings solutions manufacturer Coveris has developed a new multilayer film with an integrated sealing capability that will enable easy recycling of current polythene lined packaging trays.
The development is set to support British consumer co-operative retailer Co-op’s recent plan to have 80% of its own-brand packaging recyclable by 2020.
The new thin, multi-layer, polyester barrier solution has been developed at the UK’s blown extrusion facility Coveris Winsford.
Coveris noted that the new film will allow plastic lidding film to be heat-sealed direct to the packaging tray.
Conventionally, the film is sealed to the pre-lined tray by using a polythene (PE) bonding layer which currently reduces the recyclability of the PET trays.
The material, developed in collaboration with British food producing company Tulip, is printed and converted at Coveris’ Gainsborough site.
Tulip group innovation manager Matt Richards said: “We are delighted to have worked alongside Co-op and our packaging supplier Coveris on this project, which is an excellent example of how supply chain collaboration plays a key role in reducing packaging waste.
“Tulip is committed to developing more recyclable packaging solutions that benefit product quality and shelf life, and this innovative new film meets leading sustainability, functionality and performance demands.”
Currently, the new packaging is available for standard Co-op cooked meat lines.
Developed using the nine-layer extrusion technology and converted to a high-performance laminate, the new film is expected to provide seal integrity, and visual clarity with shelf-life benefits.
The new solution also comes with burst-peel functionality to offer an easy opening solution.
Image: The new multilayer film has been developed at the UK’s blown extrusion facility Coveris Winsford. Photo: courtesy of Coveris.