The next of our Sustainability Awards 2022 ’Pre-Commercialized Innovation’ finalists is a collaboration between Taghleef Industries and Gerosa Group, who have developed a recyclable PP-based barrier sachet for high product protection and easy tear opening.

Recyclable PP-based barrier sachet for high product protection and easy tear opening

Recyclable PP-based barrier sachet for high product protection and easy tear opening

You’re a finalist in the Sustainability Awards 2022. Congratulations! To start off, could you summarize your entry Recyclable PP-based barrier sachet, in less than 50 words?

This packaging solution is a PP based, high barrier 4-side sealed sachet developed by Taghleef Industries and Gerosa Group to replace multi-material structures made of PET/Alu/PE or PET/metPET/PE. The most common applications include dry powder products or dressing sauces.

Why do you think the judges were impressed with your entry? Tell us what is innovative about your project and/or about its impact on packaging sustainability.

The innovative structure has important advantages in terms of recyclability and unit weight reduction, providing good performances in terms of product protection, thanks to the use of EXTENDO® XZMX ultra-high barrier film. Furthermore, the packaging offers performing sealing properties and tear propagation for convenient packaging opening, thanks to the use of biaxially oriented PP films. The PP based structure is designed to meet Minimum Recyclability Criteria which is part of the German Packaging Law VerpackG (Verpackungsgesetz – Packaging Act).

When and how do you intend to launch/commercialize this innovation?

This innovation is planned to be launched during next year, 2023, at the end of the validation program in cooperation with some selected customers.

The recyclability potential and unit weight reduction of the new structure compared to the existing one will be the main drivers of the launch campaign through traditional and social media.

You’re shortlisted for the ‘Recyclable Packaging’ category. What do you see as the key demands, challenges and opportunities in relation to recyclable packaging?

The awareness that the value of raw materials should be preserved as long as possible is demanding a new responsibility of the manufacturing industry. Products should be made to last longer, be reused or, when not possible, be recycled so that they become secondary material for new products. Taghleef Industries is supporting the preservation of material through a portfolio which allows the redesign of traditional multimaterial structures which would not fit the recyclability requirements. However, a redesign process requires a lot of expertise and understanding of customers’ needs as well as the final applications. It implies fine-tuning and a great cooperation among the parties but ultimately it offers the opportunity to keep highly valuable material in the loop through recyclability and that’s a precious achievement.