Functional barrier paper packaging that facilitates recycling


As part of responsible product design, we are committed to continuously improving the environmental performance and functionality of barrier paper packaging. As part of this commitment, we are developing the next generation of recyclable paper packaging solutions with our R&D partner DELSCI.

Sustainable packaging has to offer maximum functionality with the best possible product protection. At the same time, it must not cause damage to the environment while supporting the principles of a circular economy. In the first part of our recycling series, we looked at why recyclable paper packaging is vital to the circular economy. Now, we dive into the exciting opportunities of recyclable barrier paper packaging for food and consumer goods products.

easily recyclable materials are vital to reduce waste and pollution 

One of the key elements of the circular economy is recycling and its role in keeping materials in the production cycle. Unfortunately, large amounts of packaging produced today cannot be recycled.

A demanding part of the recycling process is sorting; separating different layers as each type of material requires specific process conditions to be recycled. This is especially challenging for the flexible packaging sector where layers are often added to packaging to give the packaging additional functionality. This type of packaging is called composite packaging. Composite packaging is made of two or more layers of different materials that cannot be separated by hand and form a single integral unit.

Many countries do not have the necessary recycling systems and processes in place to recycle complex laminates. Therefore, composite packaging is often not recycled. 

While composite packaging has taken over the industry with attractive features that protect packaged products and increases their shelf life, it has also created an obstacle in our movement toward the circular economy.

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