The initiative aims to improve the benefits of flexible packaging in the circular economy through innovative design solutions.
Comexi has reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability and the circular economy by joining the Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX). This initiative is a collaboration of over 160 European companies, associations and organisations which represent the entire flexible packaging value chain. As an objective, the consortium will work towards ensuring that all flexible packaging in Europe is based on a circular economy before 2025. This will improve, through innovative design solutions, benefits which are identified by the collaboration of participating companies.
The circular economy is based on the use of resources and the reduction of raw materials, the optimisation of materials and waste, and the use extension of material life. This model is committed to an environmentally friendly system that is based on prevention, reuse, repair and recycling, and extending the life of products, thus giving them a second life.
Comexi pointed out that sustainability and recycling have gained interest and are becoming more influential. The objective of a circular economy is no longer a mirage, but a “perfectly distinguishable reality”, the company stressed. In reference to tendency, end users are looking for environmentally friendly solutions which include easily disposable materials. In respect to this, Comexi has voiced its commitment to sustainable printing with the use of curable and water-based inks, thus improving the recyclability of packaging.
Furthermore, Comexi has designed two new technical lamination solutions, which offer sustainable solutions without sacrificing any properties of existing materials and maintaining client demands. These solutions were created as a response to the two principal trends of sustainability – the use of mono-materials, and the use of paper for low barrier applications.
On mono-materials, efforts have been made to improve solvent-free adhesive applications and optimise stress management. And on paper, the application of barrier coatings has been one of the primary focus through the gravure carriage with a pressurised feeding system, being that it is designed for this type of application.