Smurfit Kappa has launched a new portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions for bundling canned and bottled beverages.
The corrugated range eliminates the need for single-use plastic and is 100% recyclable, renewable and biodegradable.
The GreenClip product is an alternative for the plastic rings commonly used to group six-packs of cans. The packaging features a corrugated alternative to bundle the cans and can also facilitate the sale of single units.
Smurfit Kappa invented the TopClip to replace the stretch film that is used to bundle and sell cans in one pack. The plastic-free TopClip fully covers the top of the cans, protecting them from contamination and providing branding opportunities. It also has two die-cut holes for easy handling.
The final product in the trio is the Nor-Grip, a corrugated solution that bundles bottles together into consumer units, eliminating the need for shrink film.
“I am very excited about these unique solutions. All our tests have shown that in terms of convenience and sustainability they are at the top of the market,” said Arco Berkenbosch, vice president of innovation and development at Smurfit Kappa.
“Single-use plastics can have a devastating impact on the environment and designing even more sustainable packaging alternatives is a cornerstone of our Better Planet Packaging initiative. We know from our research that 75% of consumers have a preference for sustainable packaging.”
Earlier this month, Smurfit Kappa announced a partnership Mitsubishi HiTec Paper to create a new type of board-based food packaging that is fully recyclable.
The companies said the solution demonstrates the possibility to create functional board-based packaging that is fully recyclable “thanks to the optimised use of renewable raw materials in the barrier”.
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