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Recyclability takes centre stage for leading European packaging manufacturer Coveris at Packaging Innovations 2020. With a focus on maximising packaging and product lifecycle, Coveris’ packaging developments demonstrate a commitment to recyclable formats, recycled content and the importance of packaging in food waste reduction.

Coveris is set to showcase its recyclable packaging of the future at Packaging Innovations, the UK’s leading industry event for the packaging supply chain from the 26-27 February 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham. A manufacturer of both paper-based and flexible plastic packaging, Coveris’ latest product innovations align with industry leading sustainability targets.

The future of food-to-go packaging

Driving sustainability progress, Coveris is launching an innovative lightweight sandwich skillet RecyclaLite at Packaging Innovations. Developed as part of its roadmap to recyclability development strategy, the new sandwich packaging is the most easily recycled skillet available in the food-to-go sector meeting evolving Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) and OPRL recycling requirements.

Coveris’ new industry-leading skillet RecyclaLite features a reduced film gauge – the thinnest used for laminated board sandwich packaging - and peel function. The peel function is incorporated in the pack design encouraging the separation of film from board by consumers or easier separation during the recycling process. As a result of the downgauged film, RecyclaLite is Coveris’ most lightweight skillet to date with no compromise to protective, functional and shelf life benefits.

As the UK’s leading manufacturer of laminate sandwich and wrap packs, producing over 550 million packs a year, Coveris recognises its responsibility to drive the recyclable packaging technology of the future. Visitors have the exclusive opportunity to preview Coveris’ new lightweight sandwich skillet RecyclaLite at Packaging Innovations ahead of its retail launch in Spring 2020.

Next generation Duralite R

Delivering a fully circular, reduced CO2 solution for multi-pack products for beverage and grocery sectors, Coveris’ new Duralite R range offers a next generation shrink film solution that is both 100% recyclable and contains up to 50% post-consumer recyclate (PCR), plus an optional pre-consumer top-up recycled material. The additional pre-consumer recycled content is provided by Coveris’ own zero-waste circular manufacturing process at its extrusion facilities. The 100% recycled solution Duralite R offsets the need for virgin materials whilst still maintaining the same robust performance, optical clarity, line efficiency and award-winning print.

Maximising product and packaging lifecycle

Finally, Coveris’ innovative recyclable PE+ films are a mono-material sustainable solution developed for packaging applications to support recyclability and food waste reduction targets. Using co-extrusion and shelf life optimisation technology, PE+ films offer an OPRL-compliant, recyclable alternative to plastics such as OPP not widely recyclable within the UK infrastructure. Having launched for Tesco salad and Co-op prepared vegetable packs in form-fill-seal formats, Coveris is now set to extend the application of these recyclable films to further categories.

Rick Smith, Coveris Retail & Sustainability Director said: “Packaging Innovations is an exciting opportunity for Coveris to engage with the industry and share our leading paper-based and flexible film product developments. Through our collaboration with industry bodies such as OPRL, WRAP and the Confederation of Paper Industries, we align our product innovation with future legislative requirements and sustainability targets. Recyclability of materials, shelf life optimisation and process efficiency are central to our Pack Positive® product development approach as we work towards a more sustainable future.”

Find Coveris on stand D22 at Packaging Innovations at the NEC, Birmingham, on 26 and 27 February 2020.