Amcor develops recyclable retort pouch for pet food

Reduces carbon footprint up to 60%

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Amcor and Nestlé are launching a breakthrough in recyclable packaging that will improve the environmental footprint of consumer packaging up to 60%, starting with wet cat food. Photo -Amcor

In collaboration with Nestlé, packaging major Amcor has developed what it claims to be the world’s first recyclable flexible retort pouch. According to Amcor, the new high barrier pouch, using Amcor’s AmLite HeatFlex Recyclable solution, will first appear in the Netherlands’ stores in October 2020.

Amcor and Nestlé partnered to overcome one of the largest challenges facing the industry – the inability to recycle retort flexible packaging – and have achieved a technical breakthrough which underscores both companies’ long-term commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions. The partners collaborated during the product development process, testing for heat resistance, machine performance, shelf-life, and recyclability in the real world.

“Amcor and Nestlé together have been able to create a unique solution that for years was thought impossible,” says Michael Zacka, president Amcor Flexibles EMEA. “This high-barrier, high-heat resistant, packaging can be easily recycled within plastic recycling streams already existing in several European countries.”

The new flexible retort packaging is said to be a modern alternative to metal cans, and it can improve the carbon footprint of hundreds of consumer products thanks to its lightweight, resource efficiency, ease of transportation, and minimizing food waste. Adding recyclability to its list of properties, will further improve this packaging solution’s environmental profile, which has a reduced carbon footprint of up to 60%.

According to Amcor, the new pouch meets the packaging guidelines for a circular economy recently published by the CEFLEX Consortium. Project coordinator and Workstream consultant for CEFLEX, Graham Houlder, said, “This is a great example of how – through innovation – companies can solve even the biggest challenges to recyclability. Recyclable retort packaging is a revolutionary advance and will have a huge impact in pet food and beyond.”

The innovation underscores Amcor’s unique capabilities and long-term commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions. The company is on the path to fulfilling its pledge to develop its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Amcor  develops packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home- and personal care and other products. The company focuses on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable, reusable, and made using an increasing amount of recycled content.

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