ATS-Tanner is utilizing a minimum of 35% post-consumer recycled polypropylene in its high-strength banding film, which aims to reduce reliance on virgin plastics while complying with ultrasonic and heat sealing technologies.

FTN PCR35 is manufactured using ‘high-quality’ polypropylene with up to 35% post-consumer recycled content. The company reports that it is working to increase this proportion in the future – and that, at present, it is the only company to offer high-quality banding film with PCR content.

The film is said to be free from harmful plasticizers and easy to recycle. Furthermore, it is also set to align with the European Union’s plastic tax, in which a uniform call rate of €0.80 per kilogram is applied to the weight of unrecycled plastic packaging and charged in a national contribution from each Member State.

Due to its recycled content and recyclability, FTN PCR35 is hoped to save customers money, encourage the use of recycled materials, and contribute towards a circular economy.

Last year, ATS-Tanner worked with Mondi to create a recyclable paper band, coated in a functional barrier, for individually labelled products or bundles. Their goal was to provide a replacement for unnecessary plastic packaging in fruit and vegetable, drink, and e-commerce applications.

Syntegon also showcased its GKB 2100 banding machine for oncological therapeutics, phytopharmaceuticals, and dietary supplements at interpack 2023. It claimed to seal hard gelatin and cellulose-based capsules at an output of up to 125,000 pieces per hour.

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