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The scale and impact of plastic pollution has increasingly come to our attention over recent years as various groups highlight the shocking impact of ‘leakage’ into our oceans, which has further highlighted many of the other complex challenges faced by the plastics industry.

The group of materials known collectively as plastics have played a definitive role in delivering much of the socio-economic advantages of modern life, and their production has outpaced that of almost every other material since the 1950s.

Plastics, economics and global demand

Plastics have become the workhorse material of the modern economy through their availability and versatility, but above all, they are…

In 2020 we set out to create a 100% recyclable bag from a single source polymer group with a technical barrier to oxygen and moisture for our coffee brand, with the knowledge this will contribute to the ease of recycling and is fully aligned with the European strategy for soft plastics recycling. We designed this product for a circular economy.

The product we wanted didn’t exist in the world. So we made it!

One of the reasons our team has based itself and our development of BOPE products in Melbourne is for the coffee. Because we work all hours and have clients around the world it’s true for us that sleep is a…

The biggest flexible packaging producer in the world is Amcor, located on Southbank, Melbourne, Australia. We are based in Melbourne, Australia. We need them to change the narrative in this domestic market, champion the value of smart plastics and align the Australian domestic market with the global market they influence with innovation!

We can’t immediately replace all plastics, but we can change the ones we use.

Ten brand owners around the world significantly influence what we consume, it’s scary for us and them the impact and responsibility they have in respect of consumer health, food waste, and packaging waste. …

BOPE and BOPE film is a big step forward for flexible packaging as it supports brand owners in their quest to design packaging for the circular economy.

Hefty. BOPE is big in many ways.

Mono structure applications promote efficient recycling of the most broadly recycled soft plastic PE. Blown polythene has its place in the industry for the foreseeable future but unless it’s adding value to structure development or technical advancement of packaging we have better alternatives now.

Blown films, sometimes referred to as tubular films, are manufactured by extruding molten resin vertically through a circular die. Introducing air through the centre of the die creates a…

‘How is BOPE made?’ comes up in our regular conversations here in Australia and further afield so it’s timely we give an overview of the process and what it might mean for adding it to your stable of materials.

BOPE starts and ends differently to TF PE.

We are working with our industry clients locally and internationally to develop finished products using BOPE as a building block in the race for recyclable mono structure packaging. TF-BOPE manufacturing is a significant step change for polyethylene production with leading resin producers Sabic, Nova chemicals and Dow accelerating development of cutting-edge resins to support the Tenter-frame production of LLD-BOPE or HD-BOPE.

New packaging innovations are in great demand to improve the sustainability of everyday products. Meanwhile, consumers want convenience and freshness, without compromising on their sustainability principles.

Cyclpac have developed a packaging solution that could change traditional approaches in the Coffee industry for good, replacing ‘mixed’ laminate packaging materials.

With increasing consumer awareness associated with purchasing decisions’ environmental impact, demand is increasing for products with packaging that can be re-used or recycled.

Research into shopping habits in 2021 shows that 60% of consumers are buying more sustainable or ethical products, despite feeling stress about health and the economy, with most saying…

We need to break the cycle of unsustainable packaging because we have the ability to do this now, I don’t want to live in a world where we have more plastic on the planet by mass than living organisms.

BOPE is fully recyclable, which means less is made and all can be reused.

BOPE film is a significant building block in our quest to streamline raw material groups for ease of recycling, creating value from our recyclable waste, reusing and re-purposing raw materials at every opportunity.

After 20 years in the industry here and around the world I finally have a material that I am proud to show my kids and know that it’s…

BOPE and this generation of materials are both high performing and designed, with a circular mindset for better outcomes for our planet.

BOPE film (TF-BOPE) use in packaging configurations is a step-change in how we use polyethylene (PE) for food packaging around the world. It’s exciting that BOPE and this generation of materials are both high performing and designed, with a circular mindset for better outcomes for our planet. But here I want to talk to the manufacturers. …

If food waste was a country, what role could sustainable packaging and the circular economy play?

The European Union (EU) produces 100 million tons of food waste annually — equivalent to nearly 30% of the agri-food supply chain, with significant impacts to producers’ incomes and our environment.

EU food waste is set to rise to over 200 million tons by 2050 and will require an increase in food production of 50% globally — representing significant supply chain, socio-economic and environmental challenges.

Clearly this situation is unsustainable from many perspectives, not least the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (namely #12: Responsible…


Positive plastics — packaging solutions for the circular economy

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