The next products we are going to take a look at from our Ready 2 Recycle range are the new pouches. We believe they are the answer to increasing consumer demand for recyclable packaging that also performs the way packaging should.
“Mono material packaging solutions that make recycling simpler without compromising on quality”
Our new stand-up pouches are made from a mono material structure, which means they are ready to be recycled and require no separation when they reach the appropriate waste management facilities.
The pouches are available in both polyethylene (PE/PE) and polypropylene (CPP/OPP), same material structures that make them a more attractive and more sustainable option with the same strong, durable and high quality properties than the current non-recyclable packaging solutions.
Like our latest BOPP bags, these pouches take existing packaging technology to the next level, and not just by making it recyclable. Only a couple of years ago, the general consensus in our industry was that PE/PE is too ‘stretchy’ to print on at any sort of speed – but our new PE/PE pouches allow for top-quality gravure printing and can handle the heat during conversion.
We understand the importance of shelf appeal, especially when it comes to more premium products. The laminated top layer means that we have the ability to gravure print up to 9 colours, and provide that quality finish that many recyclable materials do not allow for. No longer do you have to make the choice between recyclable and attractive packaging.
Our new PE/PE bags are also available in quad seal formats, thanks to the same improved rigidity of material that allows for improved printability. The quad seal format streamlines the package-filling process, as the bag maintains a more uniformed shape – meaning better palletisation, logistics, and ultimately shelf-visibility and aesthetics.
Currently, such waste management facilities are not in operation in the UK, but the recycling technology does exist. Always at the forefront of innovation, Law Print recognises that the first step towards encouraging the relevant authorities to invest in such facilities will be to create a demand for the recycling service in the first place.
In the USA, our new PE/PE bags would be eligible for the innovative How2Recycle seal of approval, a standardised labelling system that clearly communicates specific recycling instructions to the public. An equivalent scheme does not yet exist in the UK – where Law Print is based – but we are moving in the right direction on this matter.
The On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme has recently launched a new App that can scan product labels and tell users how to recycle their packaging. The App, called We-Recycle, has already been backed by labels from some of the biggest food retail brands including McDonald’s, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and Nestlé. Read more about the scheme here.
Also, a recent survey conducted by Cardiff University concluded that almost 90% of people believe there is a strong or very strong need to shift to a society that uses resources more efficiently. Plastic packaging is at the top of the sustainability agenda – it’s something we cannot ignore, and our PE/PE bags are ready to be recycled at the end of use, contributing to a more circular economy.
Currently we are able to offer recyclable PE/PE solutions in quad seal bag and pouch formats, with or without zipper closures and in glossy or matt finishes. We also have exclusivity on the ability to provide flat bottom PE/PE bags, which we will talk about in our next blog.
Get in touch today to find out how our new PE/PE bags could help your business – and why not take a look at the rest of the products in the Ready 2 Recycle range.