Berry Global’s flexible films division claims to have incorporated up to 30% post-consumer recycled material into its FormiFor insulation compression film, which aims to package insulation and glass and stone wool.

The updated film contains Berry’s Sustane premium recycled polymer – said to deliver high technical performance, consistency, traceability, and quality – and has been certified by RecyClass as containing authentic recycled content.

Its addition to FormiFor is hoped to maintain its high weld and holding force characteristics while also strengthening the product’s environmental profile by increasing its utilisation of ‘circular’ polymers.

The film is designed to be recycled at its end of life and offers a lightweight structure that uses up to 50% less material than conventional packaging films. Alongside saving valuable resources, it expects to help customers lower the carbon footprint of their packaging.

Compared to previous versions, more film can apparently be wrapped around a standard reel, thus requiring fewer reels for each application and maximising productivity by cutting down on downtime for reel changes. Its compression rate is also set to lower the amount of space needed to store a product and thus drive down transportation costs.

Up to eight colours can be printed onto the film to facilitate branding and decoration for individual packaging applications.

Hoping to meet the requirements of the insulation, glass wool, and stone wool markets, FormiFor intends to help Berry develop new products with a focus on minimising environmental impact, as per the company’s Impact 2025 sustainability strategy.

Neal Geryl, business development director at Berry Global, said: “In line with our Impact 2025 sustainability strategy, this latest version of FormiFor demonstrates our ability to design for circularity with a film that maintains all its benefits while helping our customers meet and exceed their sustainability goals.”

In other news, Berry recently incorporated 50% recycled plastic content into its patented NorDiVent form-fill-seal film for powdered products with the intention of meeting demand for increased recycled content in packaging applications.

Also, Gerdau Graphene and Packseven have unveiled what claims to be the world’s first graphene-enhanced stretch film, which is thought to package 120% more material without breaking compared to conventional flexible films.

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