Monday, 02 Dec 2019 14:55 GMT

Combatting the plastic crisis

Coveris has developed a new shrink film range which is 100% recyclable and contains 50% recycled materials. Named the Duralite R range, it has been designed to provide a fully circular, reduced CO2 solution for multipacks.

With rules and regulations, as well as general consumer attitudes tightening up in relation to plastic packaging, Coveris’ solution will help businesses adhere to future environmental and legislative demands.

Coveris has utilised its own zero-waste circular manufacturing process at its extrusion facilities to provide pre-consumer material “top-up” content in addition to the 50% post-consumer recyclate (PCR) already included in the film.

This offsets the need for virgin materials without compromising the necessary optical clarity and robust performance required for corporate food packaging.

The development and launch of our new Duralite R film marks a major step forward in the development of sustainable plastics for a circular economy

Despite the natural shift towards cardboard and non-plastic materials, this new solution is believed to offer a significantly reduced carbon footprint than cardboard alternatives.

Martin Davis, president of Coveris’ films business unit comments: “The development and launch of our new Duralite R film marks a major step forward in the development of sustainable plastics for a circular economy.

“Complementing our existing range of environmental films such as our recyclable PE for direct contact, the development of a fully recyclable, recycled secondary material that utilises our own waste stream and delivers a reduced carbon footprint supports both our own environmental goals and those of our customers, as well as meeting legislative targets on recycled content.”

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