Sonoco’s sustainable solutions at Interpack 2023

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The Greencan recyclable paperboard package from Sonoco is made of 92-98% paperboard and features a wide range of barrier properties. It is available in multiple shapes and sizes.

On its stand (C34, Hall 9) at Interpack 2023, in Düsseldorf, Sonoco will exhibit its broad range of sustainable packaging solutions – from fiber-based and IML consumer products – to a range of tubes and cores and other industrial solutions.

Beyond its products, Sonoco will also emphasize its track record as an effective partner to help packaging production companies and brands to meet both their environmental and commercial goals.

Francesco Giannolo, vice president and general manager at Sonoco Consumer Products Europe, says: “We are very excited to see our peers, customers, and other stakeholders, face-to-face at Interpack 2023 – the first event of its kind since the pandemic.

Visitors to our stand will not only see our full portfolio of consumer and industrial solutions in person, but they will also find out how we can tailor our products to meet their business needs and sustainability goals too.”

From CO2 reduction to boosting shelf appeal and navigating complex regulation, Sonoco offers tailor-made solutions to brands, no matter what their converting journey looks like.

In light of this, Sonoco’s theme at Interpack 2023 is #destination:

  • #destinationreduceCO2Helping customers to be greener with sustainable packaging solutions.
  • #destinationallpaperIncreasing paper content in fiber-based packaging – making recycling easier.
  • #destinationshelfappealGuiding customers to sustainable, yet eye-catching packaging.

Sonoco will use Interpack to announce that current Sonoco sub-companies – including Sonoco-Alcore, Conitex, Papertech, and Skjern – will now collectively be recognized as Sonoco.

CONSUMER

At Interpack, Sonoco will exhibit its packaging solutions that not only have shelf appeal but deliver on manufacturing efficiency and sustainability too.

EnviroCan and Greencan

Recyclable by design, the EnviroCan rigid paperboard can is made of up to 85% recycled material.

The can body is made with recycled fiber and the solution features a highly effective oxygen and moisture barrier layer, which assures food safety and preserves shelf-life while ensuring that recycling is straightforward through the household paper and cardboard stream.

The Greencan recyclable paperboard package is madeof 92-98% paperboard and features a wide range of barrierproperties. Available in multiple shapes and sizes from round, square or rectangular; to oval, oblong, or triangular – it is the ultimate ‘all-paper’ can, providing a highly recyclable, mono-material packaging solution, with robust barrier properties.

Greencan features an integrated paper lid, so when empty, the whole package can go through the household paper recycling stream. This makes it simple and convenient for the consumer and for the whole recycling process.

The EnviroCan and Greencan rigid paper containers have a lower weight and reduced environmental footprint than comparably sized metal cans or other rigid packaging types.

The ranges are suitable for the food and drink, beauty, and pharma markets, and are already used by some of the most iconic global brands.

Envirostick

Made from recyclable fiber, the Envirostick line was developed to meet cosmetics brands’ goals for recyclable packaging. The three-piece tube enables the product to be pushed up, while the exterior remains flexible for label design.

Closures

Designed for use with rigid paper containers, Sonoco’s diverse portfolio of ends and closures is part of its end-to-end product offering for its customers.

In addition to showcasing its standard polypropylene lids and membranes at Interpack, Sonoco will also exhibit:

  • Multi-purpose membranes, which are part of Sonoco’s Greencan portfolio
  • A prototype of the paper sprinkler and PS (polystyrene) free sprinkler
  • Paper over cap lids, which are already serving as an end-to-end, top-to-bottom all paper can solution for Sonoco’s customers
  • The Vegetop compostable sprinkler is produced by Vegeplast – a French company and partner of Sonoco, which specializes in manufacturing bio-sourced and biodegradable including sprinklers and lids.

 

In-Mold Labeling

Sonoco is a specialist manufacturer of thin wall packaging featuring In-Mold Labeling (IML). It develops new solutions and invests in production lines to offer high-quality, unique, and bespoke IML products – many of which will be exhibited at Interpack 2023.

Sonoco’s IML product offering includes:

  • Bi-color injection molding, which adds a luxurious appearance to the packaging and allows for even more differentiation on the shelf
  • Monomaterial Packaging
  • Full-cover IML-cup – Seamless transitions from sides to bottom label
  • Packaging suitable for frozen, chilled, and ambient stored content
  • ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) certified

Other products on display:

Industrial

With a wide range of engineered solutions for applications in the film and label, textile, paper mill, specialty, and protective sectors, Sonoco can meet your requirements. Sonoco Alcore S.a.r.l. is wholly owned by Sonoco and operates more than 20 tube and core plants with multiple on-site operations in customer locations, and six paper core board mills in Europe. Skjern Paper is now part of Sonoco,

Paper Mills Cores

Sonoco provides a complete line of quality products and services tailored specifically to the exact needs of printing and writing, newsprint, tissue, paperboard (bleached and unbleached), pulp, nonwoven, and specialty grades of paper.

Textiles

Sonoco Alcore offers a range of textile cores to suit your product requirements. Our textile solutions enable producers to maximize efficiency and increase productivity, all with flexible and fast turnaround times.

At Interpack, Sonoco Alcore will exhibit from its textile range:

  • PrinTex Core
  • Intellitextcore
  • Hi-Radius Cores
  • EcoSpan

Film, Tape, and Labels

Sonoco Alcore provides a variety of reliable, durable, and strong cores for films, tape, and labels in different diameters and thicknesses to meet our customers’ requirements.

  • Dricore NG
  • QS Series
  • Radical Core
  • General Film Cores

Protective

Sonoco Alcore will exhibit its SonoPost solution at Interpack. SonoPost is a sustainable solution that can be used to protect large goods. Available in a variety of lengths and shaped into special profiles to hug corners and protect edges, SonoPost technology offers superior stacking strength, crush resistance, and cushioning protection. SonoPost offers the replacement of EPS foamed corner protection for large goods, even with sensitive surfaces.

Recycling

For more than 100 years, Sonoco has collected wastepaper and cardboard, reprocessed it into paperboard and converted it into useful products.

Adam Wood, vice president and general manager at Sonoco says: “This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Sonoco in Europe, and Interpack provides the perfect opportunity to welcome visitors to our stand to learn about Sonoco’s unique culture and the rich history that has helped us to grow into the well-established global brand that we are today. But more importantly, it’s also an opportunity for visitors to learn how our products and our expertise are helping a huge range of packaging producers and the brands they serve – whatever their journey.”

At Interpack, Sonoco’s experts will be available to advise and educate. Topics available for discussion will include:

  • Current and future recycling/waste management in Europe
    • The role of technological innovation in reducing waste and boosting recycling rates
    • The role of packaging in reducing food waste
    • The impact of on-pack recycling messages on consumer behavior
    • Consumers’ perception of paper versus metal packaging
    • Market growth for paper packaging   

 

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