Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box moves another step towards a circular economy and decreases the amount of plastic used to produce bags by introducing the unique light 60-micron EVOH film – E Compact 60.
Criteria for making the film
The advancement process for this film took more than a year. Before granting final approval for use, Smurfit Kappa implemented its strict criterion to guarantee the film’s outstanding mechanical and barrier properties to an even more significant than a market average requirement.
This advanced film is based on new PE resin technologies that are extra resistant and recognize more sustainable packaging without negotiating productivity and user convenience. Due to this innovation, Smurfit Kappa has obtained a 16% bag weight reduction and 12% less CO2 gas emissions (calculated for the 3L bag format with the Vitop® Compact tap).
Talking about the developments, Thierry Minaud, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box, said: “Bag-in-Box® is an environmentally friendly solution including less plastic than another liquid product packaging. We are continually working on our materials and technologies to make our packaging most sustainable. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has already made significant improvements in the area of plastic weight reduction and showed 15% film thickness decreased in the last 15 years.”
“Launch of the Vitop® Compact tap has also contributed positively and enabled 2.7 tons of plastic saving per 1 million bags. Reducing materials goes hand in hand with other environmental benefits: fewer trucks and lower CO2 emissions, less waste, less storage space.”