Recycle-ready food films tipped to help retailers meet sustainable goals

SEALED Air has revealed how the business is helping retailers to improve sustainability.

Stephanie Poole, senior business development & retail manager, said the development of the company’s recycle-ready packaging solutions provides greater opportunity to increase the recyclability of food packaging, while maintaining ‘appealing and engaging’ on-pack designs.

It is also helping Sealed Air to meet its own sustainability pledge of producing 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.

“CRYOVAC brand recycle-ready BDF products have been developed and tested according to protocols published by Plastic Recyclers Europe (PRE), which are aligned with those of the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR),” Stephanie added. “They both classify the films as compatible (or recycle-ready) with LDPE4 recycling stream.

“The films offer versatility to retailers and producers because they are compatible with mono-material, cardboard, compostable and reusable trays. They can be used with different-sized trays or without trays at all, on HFFS lines.

“The films also offer an ultra-thin protective barrier of 20 microns. This can deliver 90% reduction in material usage, compared to thick laminates or thermoforming materials (based on tests carried out in Sealed Air laboratories. All facilities and systems are different, so results may vary).

“With the development of recycling infrastructures varying across the continent, Sealed Air’s CRYOVAC brand range of recycle-ready barrier display films (BDF) aim to optimise recycling compatibility across this diverse spectrum. This can help food processors, retailers and brands to improve resourcefulness and contribute towards the development of a shared circular economy.”