TCL develops new recyclable packaging film for McDonald’s lettuce

23 July 2013 (Last Updated July 23rd, 2013 18:30)

TCL Packaging has developed a new recyclable film to pack shredded lettuce for McDonald’s.

McDonald's lettuce bag

TCL Packaging has developed a new recyclable film to pack shredded lettuce for McDonald's.

Driven by McDonald's environmental policy, the company was required to transition from traditional PET/PE laminate films while continuing to meet the strict conditions for keeping iceberg lettuce fresh.

It was also necessary to design packs that are quick to fill and easy to open for maximum efficiency.

TCL tested various subtle chemical changes to the film properties in order to meet the technical requirements demanded by McDonald's and the brand's commitment to renewable and recyclable packaging.

The result was the creation of a new clear, mono-layer PE-based material with easy peel properties that can be run at speed without any temperature issues.

TCL handles the film slitting process at its facility in Telford, which requires specialist conversion expertise.

TCL Packaging handles printing, coating, lamination and micro perforation of films for various food and non-food brands.


Image: Packaged McDonald's chopped lettuce. Photo: courtesy of TCL Packaging.