Pocket and Planet-Friendly Solutions
Innovations in Recyclable Flexible Packaging from Constantia Flexibles
A convenient easy-open sachet for GoSan hand sanitizer made with fully recyclable EcoLamPlus flexible packaging is the latest initiative in our quest to make 100% of our packaging recyclable by 2025. When a solution is as eco-friendly as it is user-friendly, you know it will be a winning combination.
Today, in the midst of a pandemic, consumers know the benefits of good hand hygiene. That’s why Nuvae Healthcare partnered with Constantia Flexibles to create a pioneering packaging solution for their popular GoSan hand sanitizer brand. Perfect for on-the-go consumers with busy lives, this pocket-friendly sachet pairs a strong heat seal with an easy tear opening feature to put 70% alcohol-based disinfectant at your fingertips – right where you need it. Our EcoLamPlus laminate is the perfect packaging material for this project: not only does it have a robust formula that can sustain highly volatile products like alcohol, its monopolymer material can also be fully recycled. This is one of the first success stories to come out of our new India-based facility known as Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad.
With the opening of this new plant, Constantia Flexibles renewed its commitment to the circular economy. The concept was to build a facility dedicated solely to recyclable packaging in a key step toward our goal of making our entire packaging portfolio fully recyclable by 2025. We made this pledge as part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in 2018, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment. For us, it isn’t enough for packaging materials to be recycled in theory. We define packaging as recyclable when it can be collected, sorted, and recycled in an established stream – both in practice and at scale. That’s what circularity is all about: moving to a life-cycle approach that prioritizes sustainability in the manufacturing and use of materials as well as its collection, recycling, and eventual return to the production cycle.
The monopolymer PE-based EcoLam products, which are produced at Ecoflex, make an ideal replacement for conventional, non-recyclable multi-polymer laminates and an innovative solution for consumer goods manufacturers with an eco-sensibility. This versatile, lightweight material can be processed in a variety of filling machines and is acceptable in the PE film recycling streams that are well-established in most EU countries. Customers have a range of options when it comes to colors and finishes or printability and opening features. The EcoLam range also provides enhanced thermal resistance and a high barrier to oxygen, water vapor, and MOSH/MOAH, with three different barrier grades available: EcoLam, EcoLamPlus, and EcoLamHighPlus.
The categories of products suited to this forward-looking laminate are virtually endless. Perhaps a range of mueslis in transparent doypack pouches with a zip lock seal. Or disinfectant wipes in a glossy white pillow pack with top-quality flexo printing. Whether it’s snacks or confectionary, beverages or even hand sanitizer, the sky is literally the limit with the EcoLam range of recyclable laminates. If you want to find out more about this flexible packaging solution that offers the convenience consumers crave as well as the eco-friendly credentials they demand, visit our product page and click on the Get in Touch button.