Uflex has partnered with Mespack, manufacturer of flexible packaging, end-of-line, and soluble pods equipment and Hoffer Plastics, manufacturer of custom injection molded parts, to develop 100 percent recyclable mono-polymer hot-fill pouches. The pouch is 100 percent recyclable with its new mono-polymer structure and spout caps.
The newly designed recycle ready single material PP-based hot-fill pouch combines the strength of OPP and CPP layered laminate structure designed by Uflex.
The pouches are sealed with patented closures from Hoffer Plastics’ in the form of tamper-evident strong seal spout caps and produced with mechanical integrity of Mespack HF-series fill and seal machine. The new design is claimed to offer 100 percent recyclability of the laminate and spout cap as well within existing PP recycling streams and infrastructures.
The HF series is developed and designed to work with recyclable materials. With the continuous through the spout filling, up to 15 percent of, the headspace is reduced by eliminating the wave effect.
These pouches manufactured at Uflex India plant will be exported to American markets and will be majorly used for packing edible products such as baby food, food puree and pet food.
‘With our future-ready approach that focuses on circular driven packaging, we are trying to offer products that widen our sustainable footprint in the ecosystem,’ commented Luc Verhaak vice president-Sales at Uflex Packaging. ‘Designing with mono-materials, like with this recycle-ready PP hot-fill spouted pouch, creates value for the recycling industry and helps in the development of better recycling infrastructure. This co-creation with Mespack and Hoffer Plastics is an accomplishment backed by collective vision for a sustainable future, excellence in packaging and it also marks the beginning of new opportunities in future that can be tapped with our respective fortes.’
Guillem Clofent, managing director of Mespack, stated: ‘One of our Mespack promises is to focus on developing innovative equipment for sustainable packaging solutions to preserve the environment and reduce the carbon footprint. To do so, we follow three main strategies – reduce usage of raw materials, replace them with more recyclable products, and adapt our technology to these new recyclable, biodegradable or compostable materials. In this case, thanks to the collaboration between key strategic partners, our customers already have a recyclable solution for pre-made pouches contributing to the circular economy, helping to achieve their goals at the same time.’
‘Sustainability has always been a critical focus and driving force at Hoffer Plastics,’ said Alex Hoffer, chief revenue officer at Hoffer Plastics. ‘Now more than ever, creating products that are fully recyclable and circularly designed from the onset are not just in demand, but will shape the future of our industry and the environment. We're proud to work with innovative, responsible partners like the Uflex and Mespack teams in leading the way forward.’
Uflex said that brands have been showing interest in the new recyclable mono-polymer hot-fill pouches and it has already found a taker in a leading environmentally conscious USA-based baby food brand.