Constantia Flexibles wins Packaging Innovation Awards for ‘Recyclable PE Pouches’

Constantia's sustainable packaging solution is committed to a circular economy

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Constantia Flexibles India wins Packaging Innovation Awards for 'Recyclable PE Pouches'. Photo Constantia

Constantia Flexibles, a packaging manufacturer, was conferred the coveted Packaging Innovation Awards 2021 organized by Dow for EcoLamHighPlus, an indigenously developed more sustainable packaging solution committed to a circular economy.

Modern consumers are conscious about what they eat and how they access those food items. In this regard, Constantia Flexibles and Hershey India joined hands to create an offering for ‘Conscious Indulgers’ who want to relish great-tasting chocolate that is ‘good to them and better for the planet too.’ Hershey’s India decided to launch its latest offering, ‘Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate 30% less sugar’ with recyclable monomaterial packaging.  Now Constantia Flexibles was awarded with the silver medal for the laminate’s sustainability aspects at the Packaging Innovation Awards sponsored by Dow.

Constantia Flexibles’ EcoLamHighPlus is a more sustainable barrier packaging solution designed for the circular economy. It is a mono-material-polyethylene (PE) laminate solution designed to be fully recyclable in the PE stream while satisfying all functional and aesthetic requirements of the product.

The developed EcoLamHighPlus packaging solution delivers three key aspects –

• Deliver key brand aesthetics even with a recyclable laminate. No compromise on the color, finish, or perceived quality of the material.

• Ensure no change in the current manufacturing process or any adverse impact on product integrity/shelf-life.

• Ensure ease of use with similar or enhanced tearing and maintain pack structure/shape across the supply chain.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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