DENMARK - Both food and non-food products need protection in the form of packaging to withstand transport and to obtain a long shelf life. Without packaging there would be a lot more waste and consequently more carbon emissions. Nevertheless, the nature of the packaging evidently matters for the possibilities for obtaining a low carbon economy.
Booth No. D21
Superfos, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of injection moulded plastic packaging, is constantly striving to develop sustainable packaging solutions.
According to Regional Director, Central Europe, Søren Rohleder; “Our facility in La Genête is currently working on creating a plant based plastic container with about 25% bio-sources in the form of either corn or potato starch.
“It is very environmentally friendly because we considerably reduce the need for virgin PP. This means a significant reduction in carbon emissions related to the production of the packaging.”
At Interpack, Superfos will showcase samples of the plant based plastic containers.
Another example of the sustainable efforts of Superfos is a container for paint, SuperCube, which is on the market today in a special version: up to 70% of the packaging is made from recycled polypropylene.
Co-injection makes space for recycled PP
Superfos is also behind a new co-injection method which makes it possible to use both virgin PP and up to 30% recycled material PP in the same packaging design.
Rohleder says, “The new process injects recycled material between two layers of virgin material. Only the virgin material is visible and in contact with the content of the pack. We’re able to recycle a lot more which is one of the goals of our carbon strategy. We see a lot of potential in the co-injection process.”
The weight of the packaging is of the essence because lighter packaging saves costs and carbon emissions. Thanks to the light weight of plastic you can load a truck with up to four times the amount of containers compared to the ones made of traditional packaging material and this saves fossil fuels during transportation.
“A good packaging solution not only transports, preserves and helps to sell its content,” Rohleder explains. “According to our beliefs it also leaves behind a carbon footprint as small as possible.”
Calculate the carbon footprint
The Interpack trade fair offers the opportunity to be introduced to a valuable tool for measuring the carbon emission of packaging. At the Superfos stand, visitors will find a CO2-calculator that can help making the right sustainable decision for your choice of packaging. The CO2-calculator is developed by Superfos and certified by the independent British organisation Carbon Trust.