Sustainable Packaging - Q&A
Richard Smith, Heat Sealant Films Manager, discusses sustainable packaging.
Based in Bradford in Yorkshire, Wrapid Manufacturing is Europe’s largest distributer of DuPont Teijin films to the food processing industry. The company’s approach to corporate and social responsibility demands constant research and product development to ensure the minimisation of both their carbon footprint and the use of single-use plastic. Here, Heat Sealant Films Manager Richard Smith answers questions about Wrapid’s innovative solutions.
What are the latest trends in food packaging?
Everyone is talking about recycling. The ‘War on Plastic’ is very much in the public eye and we must all look to ways in which we can commercially achieve the European Parliament targets for plastic packaging recycling or reusing*. Wrapid are dedicated to the responsible use of plastic throughout design, production, storage, delivery and recycling.
Okay, so what new products have been introduced to achieve this?
After extensive research, trials and testing, we have just announced the launch of the new DuPont Teijin Films’ Mylar® rPET range of heat sealable films, with up to 50% post-consumer recycled rPET content.
How is this different?
The Mylar® rPET film delivers the waste and cost reduction benefits of top seal lidding with the additional bonus of a lower carbon footprint**, giving retailers the ability to promote a clear and consistent sustainability message with post-consumer recycled content in both tray and lid. Uniquely the rPET has been processed through the LuxCR™ depolymerisation process, “up-cycling” mechanically recycled PET to deliver film properties comparable to virgin material and allowing it’s use in high temperature applications such as ready meal lidding.
How does this film’s performance compare to other films?
Good question! The film maintains the benefits associated with established Mylar® films including low temperature seals, effective anti-fog performance and the ability to seal to a wide range of materials including rPET and pulp punnets.
So good news all round then?
Actually yes – the key balance is to maintain commercial and performance benefits to both food processing and retail sectors whilst also helping to save our planet. This product is a big step forward in this and we expect likeminded, environmentally aware businesses to buy into it.
*EP agreed Recycling targets – 2025 – 50% / 2030 – 55%
**Carbon footprint saving of approximately 1.4kg for every kg of virgin PET