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August 2, 2021updated 26 Oct 2021 12:12pm

Huhtamaki develops tube laminates with recycled content

The sustainable laminate is designed for applications in the cosmetics, personal care, oral care and food sectors.

Finnish sustainable packaging solutions provider Huhtamaki has developed sustainable tube laminates for use in the cosmetics, food, personal care and oral care sectors.

The renewable tube laminate is intended to help create ‘fully circular flexible packaging solutions’ across the beauty and food sectors.

Huhtamaki developed the laminate in collaboration with LyondellBasell, Groupe Somater’s Plastuni Lisses and Groupe Rocher.

More than 40% of the material used for the product is certified as recycled by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC).

Multinational chemical firm LyondellBasell supplied the resin, while Huhtamaki and Plastuni Lisses manufactured the laminate and the tube respectively.

France-based Groupe Rocher, which provides solutions for the cosmetics, home care and apparel industries, served as the product’s brand owner.

Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Global Tube Laminates head Jens Pilzecker said: “Our new tube laminates make a real contribution to further enhancing the circularity of flexible packaging while reducing CO₂ [emissions] by replacing fossil [fuels with] renewables.

“Achieving this breakthrough was possible thanks to the great cooperation with our partners LyondellBasell, Plastuni Lisses and Groupe Rocher.”

Huhtamaki prioritised the use of recycled materials when developing the sustainable tube laminate to help create a circular industry.

The product uses LyondellBasell’s CirculenRenew polymers, which are manufactured with renewable feedstock from bio-based sources and comply with the ISCC’s PLUS standard.

Last month, Huhtamaki introduced Push Tab paper, the first paper-based blister solution for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

The tablet packaging is designed to be a sustainable replacement for traditional push-through packaging, which is usually made from thermoformed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and aluminium.

More than 75% of the material used to make the paper is sourced from suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Huhtamaki aims to achieve carbon-neutral production and make all its products recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.

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