Acts of Sustainability in Plastic Packaging
HLP Klearfold finds sustainability very important when it comes to product packaging. In this article, HLP Klearfold will go through steps of the packaging lifestyle to make everyone aware of all that can be done to assure sustainability in plastic packaging.
Manufacturers of plastic packaging have the initial responsibility to do all they can to ensure sustainability. This can be done by including recycled plastic in the production of packaging. HLP Klearfold takes steps in manufacturing to increase sustainability, this is done by producing packaging which is made from RPET material. HLP Klearfold’s RPET packaging can be produced with an average of 30% PET recycled material. The percentage used increases with the finished thickness of the film, and can include PET flakes from recycled plastic bottles. Using RPET, HLP Klearfold helps to decrease the amount of plastic waste that enters landfills thereby giving recycled plastic a second life in packaging.
Some companies might think that using RPET will affect the quality of their packaging. HLP Klearfold can reassure companies that the quality of the RPET HLP Klearfold produce is to the highest standards of both clarity and strength. Optimising creasing of the packaging by using HLP Klearfold’s Soft Crease® technology can also be applied to RPET packaging. HLP Klearfold’s Soft Crease ® technology uses Radio Frequency energy and heat with very little pressure. This guarantees more durable packaging that provides superior performance in both hand-fill and automatic high-speed filling applications
HLP Klearfold’s RPET packaging can be seen below.
Brand owners also have a big responsibility when it comes to sustainability. Brand owners need to communicate heavily with their customers on how the packaging of the purchased product should be recycled. HLP Klearfold offers advice to our customers on what to add to the packaging to make sure consumers know how to recycle the packaging. This is very important, as the customers need to know the material used, so they know how to recycle the packaging correctly.
HLP Klearfold will correctly advise which Resin Identification Code needs to be used on the packaging, and which recycling logo is to be used. There are several logos and symbols to use and it can get very confusing to both consumer and brand owner alike. Recyclenow.com have all the logos used on packaging with a clear explanation of what they mean.
Design teams have a responsibility linked to sustainability when it comes to designing the structure of the packaging itself. HLP Klearfold’s design team work hard on the structure of the packaging with Brand owners to keep the amount of material used in their packaging to a minimum. This not only reduces the cost of the packaging but is also a more sustainable way to package any product. The design team will also work towards minimising waste in production, this alone increases sustainability by making sure the material is used in the most efficient way.
HLP Klearfold is involved in the research and design on the concept of packaging which offers a second use for the consumer once they have purchased the product. This gives the consumer a second option alongside recycling, to use the packaging for other purposes in their day to day life. HLP Klearfold takes sustainability in packaging design very seriously and is constantly researching and finding new ways to increase sustainability in the packaging HLP Klearfold provides to our customers.
The consumers have the responsibility of recycling the packaging once they have purchased the product. The consumer needs the correct information of the material and how to recycle the packaging to make sure the packaging is recycled properly. HLP Klearfold again can help Brand owners give a clear message to consumers on how the packaging is recycled.
Recyclenow.com have a lot of information on what can be recycled and where items can be recycled.
Why is PET packaging sustainable?
HLP Klearfold has recently written an article on PET packaging with a collective amount of information regarding the material. HLP Klearfold recommends using PET when choosing a clear packaging material for your products.
PET packaging is lightweight when compared to materials such as glass, therefore more economical when it comes to transporting the packaging. Although PET is lightweight it still performs highly when it comes to strength. PET packaging material when creased has a high-pressure resistance and good barrier properties. HLP Klearfold PET packaging material has high-quality transparency. When anti-scratch oil is then applied there is a significant reduction in the packaging being damaged or scratched when in transition and while on the store shelves.
HLP Klearfold strives to increase the use of recycled material in production to protect our global environment. By increasing our efficiency in line with our policy to reduce overall plastic waste this benefits your costs and guarantees a competitive edge. As a consumer you can be as confident as we are that you are doing your bit to minimise environmental impact when using packaging using PET from HLP Klearfold.