UFlex partnership produces 100% recyclable hot fill pouches
UFlex has partnered with Mespack and Hoffer Plastics to develop a sustainable solution that enables 100% recyclability of hot-fill pouches. With its new mono-polymer structure, the hot-fill pouches are completely recyclable, along with the spout caps.
Commonly, hot-fill pouches are used to pack ready-to-eat food segment allowing sterile packaging of a range of fresh, cooked, or semi-cooked food, juices and drinks, and is used as an alternative to traditional industrial canning methods. Hot-fill pouches are preferred due to the functionality of easy storage and direct consumption of food content after heating it within the pack itself.
The newly designed Recycle Ready Single Material PP-based Hot-fill Pouch combines the strength of OPP & CPP layered laminate structure designed by UFlex. It offers enhanced barrier properties, easy heat seal-ability and longer shelf life for unrefrigerated food storage.
The pouch is sealed with patented closures from Hoffer Plastics’ in the form of tamper evident strong seal spout caps.
It will be produced with mechanical integrity of Mespack HF-series fill and seal machine, that allows efficient fill through the spout of pre-made pouches. The Mespack technology is completely developed and designed to work with recyclable materials, and due to the continuous through the spout filling, up to 15% of the headspace is reduced by eliminating the wave effect.
The new design offers 100% easy recyclability of the laminate and spout cap as well within existing PP recycling streams and infrastructures.
According to UFlex, many brands have been showing interest in the new green recyclable mono-polymer hot-fill pouches and it has already found a taker in a leading environmentally conscious USA based baby food brand.
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, pet food.
“With our future-ready approach that focusses on circular driven packaging, we are trying to offer products that widen our sustainable footprint in the ecosystem,” said 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 a 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.”