Packaging sustainability is becoming more important in the industry. The packaging machinery industry plays a critical role in the manufacturing and distribution of goods. However, it also has a significant impact on the environment due to the production of waste and emissions. To address these challenges, sustainability practices are being implemented in the packaging machinery industry to reduce waste, increase efficiency, and decrease environmental impacts.

Adoption Of Mono-Material Packaging Films

First approach has been by customers to switch over from laminated multilayer materials to mono materials. This can be done using a multi-layered material made up of the same characteristics. In some occasions having no less than 3-5% of any potential additive.

Switching Over To Bio-Based Materials

Second approach we have seen if by customers to switch from plastic based materials to compostable materials. We have seen customers switch over to PLA based and fibre based films but more recently their has been an ever greater request to switch over to Paper based films. There are two different types of paper based material. Paper with a PE laminate on the inside to allow for the sealing of the packs or their is also the availability to use paper with PE spray. This product is often advertised as 100% material with an eco-friendly plant based coating. This is because we can use sugar cane to make poly ethanol which can then be used for the spray layer. poly ethanol and polyethylene have the same chemical structure making this an ideal substitute.

Reduced Film Wastage Through Film Reduction

The third approach we have seen by customers is to look for reduction in their film usage. This can be done by A reducing the micron or B reducing the width and crimps. When looking at film we need to examine the expected through put the presentation and characteristics of the product and the required space for marketing. Once we have set these parameters and weighted the importance of each factor for the end consumer, we can then look to recommend the correct film solutions for them.

Changing Packaging Machines Design to Reduce Material Waste

The final approach is finding out the specifics around machine design to reduce film wastage. For this approach some manufactures such embellish their ability to do this. However, this can be achieved by using a fixed folding box and reduced crimps on your packaging machine. Sealing systems such as ultrasonic sealing or impulse sealing allow reduce the sealing area and therefore use less plastic than traditional approaches. We can consult on any application and advise as required to each customers specification.

Reducing Carbon Footprint Through Food Waste

The concept of a carbon footprint refers to the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by an individual or organization. For companies, reducing their carbon footprint is a key part of sustainability efforts that can help protect the environment while also providing cost savings and other benefits. One approach to reducing a company’s carbon footprint is by extending the shelf life of their products using Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) methods and materials.

MAP is a packaging method that involves altering the atmosphere within the package to slow down the spoilage of the product. This is achieved by removing oxygen from the packaging and replacing it with a mixture of gases such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, or argon. By doing so, the growth of microorganisms that cause spoilage is slowed, and the shelf life of the product is extended.

The use of MAP packaging methods and materials can help companies reduce their carbon footprint in several ways. First, it reduces food waste. By extending the shelf life of their products, companies can reduce the amount of food that is discarded due to spoilage. This results in fewer emissions generated by the production, transportation, and disposal of the wasted food.

Second, MAP packaging can reduce the need for refrigeration. When products have a shorter shelf life, they require refrigeration to prevent spoilage. This can be a significant source of energy consumption and emissions. However, by using MAP packaging methods and materials, products can be stored at room temperature, reducing the need for refrigeration and the associated energy consumption.

Third, MAP packaging can help reduce the use of preservatives. Preservatives are commonly used in food to prevent spoilage and extend shelf life. However, some preservatives can have negative impacts on the environment and human health. By extending the shelf life of their products using MAP packaging, companies can reduce their reliance on preservatives, which can help protect the environment and promote healthier food options.

In addition to the environmental benefits, using MAP packaging methods and materials can also have financial benefits for companies. By reducing food waste, companies can save money on production costs and improve their bottom line. Additionally, the reduction in the need for refrigeration and preservatives can also result in cost savings.

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