Huhtamaki is launching three unique and powerful sustainable solutions in mono-material flexible packaging.

Global packaging solutions company Huhtamaki has redefined the possible by using science to develop mono-material technology. Its innovative and sustainable flexible packaging, in paper, PE and PP retort, is transformational and meets the demands of both its customers and their consumers.

Announcing its innovation, Marco Hilty, president of Flexible Packaging at Huhtamaki, outlined its importance: “What we’ve done, quite simply, is to redesign the future of flexible packaging by setting new industry standards in mono-material solutions. These blueloop innovations are both unique to Huhtamaki and transformational. They simultaneously deliver recyclability, with no compromise in either product protection or affordability. This is the power of three.”

Hilty said these at-scale innovations will support its customers reach the commitments many of them have made, including using only recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging by 2025 and aligning with the direction of future policy, both in the EU and globally. “Our innovations ensure flexible packaging affordability – especially important to consumers across the world, and they provide the high level of product protection, for food and household essentials, that flexible packaging is known for.”

Our teams across the world have worked together, tirelessly, to make what was once thought impossible, possible. We have simplified previously complex structures using fewer materials and without the need for an aluminum layer or other barriers with different materials. This breakthrough will therefore increase the value of post-consumer material, providing a greater economic incentive for recycling and supporting circularity.”

Hilty said Huhtamaki is now ready to launch our new, unique innovation at scale, globally.

In 2020 Huhtamaki set itself the target of making its packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.  Many food and essential product companies have set similar pledges.  While today much of Huhtamaki’s packaging can already be recycled (70%), an area of the technical challenge has been lightweight flexible packaging, which although delivering huge benefits – reducing transport emissions, preventing food waste and supporting affordability, is typically not recyclable in today’s post-consumer recovery streams.  

By using its global scientific expertise, Huhtamaki is launching three unique and powerful sustainable solutions in mono-material flexible packaging.  These innovations are designed for recycling and use fewer materials than the conventional complex and multi-layered materials they are designed to replace.  What makes the innovations unique and transformative is the combination of the highest percentage of mono-material in the market today and the fact that this is delivered without any compromise on either product protection or affordability, the company said. And, by increasing the percentage of mono-material in each of our solutions, both the technical and economic viability of recycling is increased.  

Huhtamaki’s new innovation provides mono-material flexible packaging in three alternative material solutions: Paper, PE (polyethylene) and PP (polypropylene) retort, fit for the most demanding applications. With a mono-material share of up to 95% for PE, and at least 90% for Paper and PP, the new solutions are unique, there is no compromise in protection barriers, recyclability and affordability. The amount of material used has been minimized for increased resource efficiency.  Huhtamaki has invested in new production technologies across its production footprint, building a global supply capacity for the new innovations.

The innovations will be showcased at Interpack 2023, where Huhtamaki will present its technologies in the Huhtamaki blueroom, which is open to both existing and new Huhtamaki customers. 

Huhtamaki is a leading global provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world. Its products protect on-the-go and on-the-shelf food and beverages, and personal care products, ensuring hygiene and safety, driving accessibility and affordability, and helping prevent food waste.

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