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Coveris has created MonoFlex fibre

by | Jun 26, 2024

Coveris has manufactured a new and innovative product, MonoFlex Fibre, which is a material that offers a paper-based range of flexible packaging, which is recyclable within existing paper streams and its design offers it high shelf-impact. This product has been created in response to the rapidly changing rules around packaging and the requirements and demands that businesses are now raising, when it comes to their need for sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging.

These rules which have created this requirement to switch, were started by the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation body and these rules now state that all the packaging within European markets must be reusable or recyclable by 2030. This rule has been extended, to the point at which a special fee has been placed on plastic packaging material, even when it has reached the post-consumer stage of its life, meaning that it is the producer’s responsibility to produce a packaging product that will be suitable throughout its entire life.

These changes and rules mean that brands are now being pushed quicky towards making a rapid switch to recyclable plastics or paper packaging solutions. This is where Coveris’ latest creation, MonoFlex Fibre, comes in as an excellent development within the market. This new packaging solution provides a paper-based range of flexible packaging which is both recyclable, compliant with the regulations, aesthetically pleasing and much better for the environment.

The excellent and innovative new packaging is created out of two separate components, the first is MonoFlex Fibre Pure and the second is MonoFlex Fibre. MonoFlex Fibre Pure is a single layer of functional paper and MonoFlex Fibre is a multilayer structure which comes with maximise paper share. Both of these parts provide both primary and secondary packaging, which ultimately provides excellent sealing and barrier properties. On top of this, the way that this product has been designed makes it easy to switch to a paper-based structure, as it does not require a huge amount of changes to be made to the existing machinery. Plus, so far it has been shown that making these packaging methods is fast, effective and efficient on common packing lines.  

It has been made clear that each kind of packaging produced through this material will have the right level of protection and barrier properties, whilst it continues to be fully recyclable within the existing paper streams. These barrier properties, include protection against things such as grease, moisture, oxygen, light or mineral oils. At the moment, this brilliant packaging material is available as pre-made bags and FFS solutions.

Market Development Director Paper Flexibles at Coveris,  Melinda Bonamour, commented, “As part of our No Waste strategy, Coveris’ focus is on selecting the most eco-efficient and high-performing packaging for each product, rather than simply deciding between paper or plastic. By expanding our portfolio to include paper-based options and reducing plastic usage in packaging for items needing external protection, we aim to offer customers the best solution aligned with their brand vision and product requirements. We aim to meet the needs of primary and secondary packaging for brands in various sectors such as dry food, tea, confectionery, fresh produce, biscuits, frozen food and dried pet food, by providing both full paper and recyclable paper/plastic structures. We are confident that these new solutions will be the go-to-resource for producers seeking recyclable and effective paper packaging options.”

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