KreCycle recycle-ready with huge barrier packaging from Krehalon

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With the packaging manufacturing shifting towards simplification from multilayer to monolayer constructions and moving Polyolefin-only substrates, there have been no promising innovations in recyclability. 

In various respects, flexible packaging has a less environmental footprint than alternative packaging setups due to its lightweight and resource efficiency. These advantages have continuously made post-consumer flexibles less financially compelling to collect and recycle matched to heavier packaging options. But the tide is improving, often led by customers keen to contribute to producing a more sustainable world. 

Affecting mainstream supermarkets also play their role by placing up front-of-store collection points for flexible packaging beforehand considered unrecyclable.

Krehalon has launched its range of easily recyclable significant barrier flexible films for new food applications to satisfy the need for added sustainable packaging options.

Performance expectation 

KreCycle does not agree on shelf-life expectations or sealing performance. It is perfect for protein, red meat, poultry, processed meat, seafood, and hard cheese. Products include flexible thermoforming films, flow wrap films, including a high barrier option, lidding, and vacuum pouches.

The KreCycle range involves polyester (PET), polyethylene (PE), and Polypropylene (PP) based products that offer tailored barrier properties to suit specific application needs. There are also lock and peel seal choices for consumer convenience. The development of these constructions is based on CEFLEX Design for a Circular Economy (D4ACE) Guidelines. It is advised that the EVOH barrier in PO-based systems should be no more than 5% of the total weight.

 KreCycle can be applied as a recyclable replacement to non-recyclable multilayer arrangements before-mentioned while PA/PE, PA/EVOH/PE, PET/EVOH/PE, and OPA/PE.

On-shelf life and sealing performance

With the packaging industry moving towards simplification from multilayer to monolayer arrangements and moving Polyolefin-only substrates, there have been unique, promising innovations in recyclability. In several respects, flexible packaging has a smaller environmental footprint than alternative packaging formats due to its lightweight and resource effectiveness. 

Until lately, these advantages have made post-consumer flexibles less financially compelling to consolidate and recycle when matched to heavier packaging alternatives. But the tide is turning, often led by consumers keen to add their part to create a more sustainable world. Leading mainstream supermarkets also play their role by setting up front-of-store collection points for flexible packaging previously considered unrecyclable.

Krehalon has started its range of readily recyclable high barrier flexible films for new food requests to meet more sustainable packaging alternatives.

KreCycle does not settle shelf-life expectations or sealing performance. It is ideal for protein, red meat, poultry, processed meat, seafood, and hard cheese. Products include flexible thermoforming films, flow wrap films including a high barrier option, lidding films, and vacuum pouches.

Circular Guidelines

The KreCycle range involves polyester (PET), polyethylene (PE), and Polypropylene (PP) based products that offer tailored barrier features to suit particular application needs. There are also lock and peel seal choices for consumer satisfaction. The improvement of these structures is based on CEFLEX Design for a Circular Economy (D4ACE) Guidelines. The EVOH difficulty in PO-based systems should be no more than 5% of the total weight. KreCycle can be done as a recyclable replacement to non-recyclable multilayer systems such as PA/PE, PA/EVOH/PE, PET/EVOH/PE, and OPA/PE.

KreCycle

Moreover, the KreCycle PE range has been approved by Cyclos and is proper for the Front-of-Store collection. This range adds a high-quality paper-feel print option providing a recyclable paper-look alternative to non-recyclable, hard-to-separate-paper/plastic laminates.

Commercial Trials

Prosperous trials and commercial requests exist for thermoforming, flow wrap, and pouch applications for packing sausage, cheese, mince, and bacon. 

The sustainability analysis is multi-faceted and complex. Since 2018, Krehalon is an existing member of CEFLEX, UK Plastics Pact, and RECOUP. As such, Krehalon is keen to continue decreasing food and plastic waste and progress in its own sustainability goal to produce products that feature exceptional environmental capability with little or no compromise on performance. 

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