Recyclable flexible packaging with a high barrier
Amcor has launched AmLite Ultra Recyclable. It is said to be the company's first packaging product made from its sustainable high-barrier polyolefin film. According to the manufacturer, this laminate can package a range of food, home and personal care, and pharmaceutical products, and be recycled in existing polyolefin recycling streams.
The product is the latest addition to the company's AmLite product line, which was first created in 2015 to provide metal-free barrier packaging that reportedly reduced the packaging’s carbon footprint. AmLite Standard Recyclable, which provides medium- to high-barrier protection, is already on supermarket shelves.
Can be used on existing machines
"Our recyclable laminate delivers high-barrier protection, can be used on our customers’ filling machines, and can be recycled where polyolefin collection and recycling streams exist," said Luca Zerbini, Vice President of Marketing, Innovation, and Sustainability. According to the group, high-barrier flexible packaging was difficult to recycle previously. To overcome this, the manufacturer replaced the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) layer of the original AmLite packaging with its new high-barrier OPP film. To validate recyclability in real conditions, the package is certified by cyclos-HTP Institute, an independent testing lab.
All packages to be recyclable
AmLite is said to achieve a reduced carbon footprint by using an ultra-thin, transparent barrier coating to replace aluminum and metallized barriers. The film and its application are in line with the group's pledge to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.