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Environment

Simple switches for sustainability in packaging

With Plastic Oceans reporting that packaging accounts for 40% of all total plastic usage, developer of specialty coatings, inks, and adhesives, ACTEGA, has outlined some of its solutions which are designed to help businesses to better achieve sustainability.

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ACTEGA’s ACTGreen Sustainable Compounds remove the migration of harmful substances from packaging into food

The company suggests improving the recyclability of end products through small, easy switches. One solution offered by ACTEGA is its water-based ACTGreen Barrier Coatings which help brands to switch from traditionally used plastic polyethylene (PE) laminates. The coatings can be widely and easily recycled using standard practices.

Another solution is the company’s ACTGreen Sustainable Compounds which are PVC-free and plasticizer-free sealing compounds. These compounds are made up of blends of thermoplastic elastomers to remove the migration of harmful substances from packaging into food.

For container label decoration, ACTEGA’s Signite combines minimal waste hybrid printing technologies with application machinery to reduce landfill waste created in traditional pressure sensitive label printing.

The company says: “Naturally, as part of their commitment to integrate genuinely ecologically-friendly solutions, many companies – large beverage producers in particular – also strive to conserve packaging material, where possible.

Taking a wider, holistic approach to ethical practice presents even more opportunities for brands to weave sustainability into the fabric of their businesses, whilst potentially obtaining some impressive credentials to build customer confidence along the way.

“This not only protects the environment but also reduces production costs. Indeed, one sustainable solution is to reduce the amount of steel in standard crown corks and use thinner ones. Therefore, a solution had to be developed that would allow the reduction of metal thickness without sacrificing performance.”

This comes in the form of ACTEGA’s compound solutions which make it possible to reduce the thickness of crown corks by up to 0.4 grams and protect the filled beverage.

“This doesn’t sound like much, until you consider that more than 300 billion crown corks are used worldwide each year,” the company explains. With this in mind, ACTEGA’s solution could see around 120,000 tonnes of metal saved each year. This in turn will improve CO2 footprint as less steel means less energy and lower transport costs.

Offering a final word of wisdom, ACTEGA adds: “Taking a wider, holistic approach to ethical practice presents even more opportunities for brands to weave sustainability into the fabric of their businesses, whilst potentially obtaining some impressive credentials to build customer confidence along the way.”

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