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packaging

The joint
journey
towards
sustainable
packaging

Tube packaging
from Huhtamaki

Advanced recycling company APK AG and Finnish packaging specialist Huhtamaki
Flexibles Packaging Europe have joined together to develop a laminate tube
packaging incorporating recycled material with the quality required for, among
others, cosmetics packaging. Sustainable Plastics spoke with Jakob Settele, of
Huhtamaki Flexibles Packaging Europe and Florian Riedl, of APK AG, on the
challenges and progress made to date.

T

he year 2025 is approaching fast. It
is a year with special meaning for the
packaging industry: the year
when a great many packaging suppliers, brand owners
and major corporations will be
called on to make good on their
pledges regarding plastic packaging and the circular economy.
Major players in the industry
have undertaken to reduce the
use of virgin plastics, both by
increasing the amount of recycled content used and by better
design: creating their packaging to be reusable, recyclable or
compostable so that it can stay
in the circular economy.
" The big urgency is mainly
heard from the multinational
brand owners, as various commitments were made at a stage
when not all necessary information in terms of quality requirements and compliance was
available, " said Jakob Settele,
sales manager at Huhtamaki
Flexible Packaging. " The suc-

cessful creation of a packaging
material that contains a particular amount of recycled content
by 2025 will be a complicated
task for some products, but we
are obviously working tremendously hard to advance this development. "
Huhtamaki, like other packaging producers, is therefore facing
an enormous challenge, he said.
" Not only do we need to integrate
recycled content into our solutions, but we must also successfully apply design for recycling , "
said Settele. " Our cooperation
with APK is a great start. "

Suitable for packaging
Huhtamaki was searching for
a partner with a technology
that would enable it within the
short term to incorporate recycled content into one of the
packaging materials in their
portfolio - in this case, tube
laminates. APK was not only
able to come up with a suitable
material, but also to provide the

required quality and quantities
for Huhtamaki to implement in
tube laminates, said Settele.
APK's Newcycling facility in
Merseburg, Germany, valorises
post-industrial multi-polymer,
multi-layer plastic waste via a
dissolution recycling process
at industrial scale. The plant,
which has been online since
June 2019, features an annual
capacity of 8,000 t/a. The mixed
input material - 70% LDPE and
30% PA - is transformed into
high-purity recyclates.
" From the start, our aim has
not been to produce recyclate
for those market segments that
have already been integrating
recyclates into their products
for the past twenty years - applications like furniture, park
benches or landscaping, " said
Florian Riedl, Director Business
Development at APK AG. " With
our LDPE recyclates, we are
currently focussing on packaging segments such as non-food
and cosmetic packaging, in the
longer-term also on food pack-

aging. We specifically produce
a quality recyclate that is suitable as an alternative to virgin
material and have, in fact, been
producing LDPE for use in packaging applications for nearly two
years already. So we are very
happy about the cooperation
with Huhtamaki - especially as
in Huhtamaki, we have found a
partner who has introduced a
new approach and a new application with its tube laminates. "
Riedl explained that there
were two important points to
keep in mind when integrating
recycled material into a complicated application like tube
laminate. One is function, which
refers to the mechanical properties of the material itself: it must
not flake or otherwise fail. The
second is the filling good, or, in
other words, the product inside
the packaging, which in this specific case would be cosmetics.
APK's recyclate material
meets both the physical and the
filling good requirements, said
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