US-based flexible packaging supplier Scholle IPN has designed and produced tethered fitment solutions for spouted pouches.

Designed to support a circular economy and minimise environmental impact, the cap can be recycled together with the whole package.

The fitments are also designed to be child-safe and offer improved ergonomics compared with rival solutions.

The solutions are sold in two product families, LinkCap and FlipCap.

They are suitable for pre-made, hybrid and horizontal form-fill-seal applications in ambient, hot-fill or retort processes.

Scholle IPN intends to help customers expedite their sustainability efforts with the tethered designs, which also comply with the European Union’s Single-Use Plastics Directive.

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Scholle IPN president and CEO Ross Bushnell said: “The team at Scholle IPN is singularly focused on the sustainable package design for liquid flexible packaging.

“We approach each project with a goal of removing waste and excessive source material in everything we produce. Doing more with less is core to who we are.”

Scholle IPN Global fitment development director Tony Bloedt said: “[Our company] has been a pioneer in flexible packaging throughout its entire history and this is no different.

“Not only were we looking to design fitments that were compliant with EU regulations, but we also wanted to ensure that these fitments were designed in a way that decreased our impact on the environment throughout the product’s entire lifecycle.

“With our new tethered fitment technology, consumers can enjoy a more accessible, more ergonomic experience while consumer-packaged goods companies take another step towards a truly circular future.”

Scholle IPN manufactures films, ergonomic fitments and equipment for bag-in-box products and pouches.

In April, the company launched flexible, fully recyclable bag-in-box packaging for drinking water.

The packaging is claimed to use up to 80% less plastic for each litre of water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 63% compared with traditional water bottles.