Polyester film specialist Terphane has developed Ecophane, new packaging films that are composed of 30 percent or more post-consumer recycled (PCR), food grade PET.
More than 10 different types of Ecophane film are available for a wide variety of applications.
The company identified these new PET films as addressing growing demand for films that guarantee the production of recyclable packaging with recycled content.
Marcos Vieira, global R&D director at Terphane, commented: ‘The Ecophane line is the result of extensive research and development and the use of highly advanced technology. We are now able to create a PET film with a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled PET in its composition.’
While guaranteeing a lower use of new raw materials, Terphane´s new Ecophane films are also aligned with the Circular Economy concept, with disposable PET packaging and other products collected, recycled and turned into new packaging.
Mike Nickens, North America sales manager at Terphane, said: ‘The development of Ecophane not only follows the sustainability metrics established by Terphane, but also fulfills brand owners´ search for more sustainable packaging.’
Terphane has defined environmental, social and economic positive actions in its plants, products and communities as priorities for its sustainability journey.
Flexible packaging supports this journey because of its excellent performance in optimizing functionality and the use of resources, according to Terphane. It cited ‘The Perfect Fit’, a document produced by Flexible Packaging Europe, when noting efficiency is a fundamental issue when defining the sustainability of a package, taking into consideration all aspects of the product´s value chain, the packaging itself, consumption and all other impacts.
Nickens added: ‘Flexible packaging is the perfect choice. With it, packaging producers and brand owners can achieve the “ideal point” that optimizes their functional and material efficiency. This is the perfect relation between product and packaging.’
Vieira added: ‘Definitely, flexible packaging is leading the discussion about sustainable packaging. Other than some issues regarding the recycling chain, flexible packaging is today’s “perfect choice” in terms of being a sustainable solution in the market. The new Ecophane films close the loop for using disposable post-consumer packaging that can be recycled again.’