Parkside 18.04.24

Parkside has announced its Recoflex range of recyclable, paper-based flexible packaging materials, said to offer durability, barrier performance, and heat sealability in several market applications.

The new range of papers are available as a single-ply or laminate in several specifications. They will launch in a phased rollout beginning in April, with several new products being released to join Parkside’s revolutionary freezerproof paper material, first commercialized last year. 

It will be joined by two configurations of Recoflex Translucent, a translucent barrier paper that can be used for pouches, bags or lidding film for a range of fresh food applications. A new flow-wrap solution for ambient food and non-food applications, will also be launched in the first phase, alongside a high-barrier performance paper compatible with horizontal and vertical form, fill, and seal lines, suitable for products requiring higher moisture and oxygen barriers. 

The second phase, set to launch later in 2024, will bring a kraft paper and a metallised solution to the market. Parkside says all the Recoflex configurations are designed to be fully recyclable in kerbside collection schemes to meet retailer guidelines and consumer preferences. 

“The packaging industry is set to undergo some significant changes in the near future, with consumer preferences evolving rapidly and new legislation – like the EU’s proposed Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation – set to pass across several key markets having an impact on every industry,” said Steve Hallford, product development technologist at Parkside. 

“Our customers now have ready-made recyclable replacements for their existing plastic and foil laminate structures without needing to compromise on pack performance or aesthetic design,” Hallford added. 

Last month we spoke to Paboco about the future of paper-based bottles, in light of the company’s full-scale production launch, aiming to produce over 20 million fibre-based bottles by the end of 2025. CEO Tim Silbermann gave us details on Paboco’s latest solution and shed light on the company’s recent acquisition by ALPLA

We also spoke to Upfield’s packaging development director, Karina Cerdeira, about the company’s recent decision to transition a large part of its portfolio from plastic tubs to plastic-free, paper-based ones. The paper tubs have apparently received recyclability Class A certification from European recycler Circpack by Veolia, meaning they are fully compatible with recycling processes.

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