Packaging for a more sustainable future
We are very conscious of our economic, social and environmental responsibility. Sustainability is an integral part of all business activities – our mission is to rethink packaging every day to make a positive, sustainable and meaningful contribution to our customers and the environment.
By setting ambitious targets, transparently reporting through various channels and applying life cycle thinking when designing our products, we bring value to our customers at the lowest possible environmental impact.
Packaging and sustainability
Protecting and preserving valuable goods
Before it is waste, packaging plays an essential role as it protects the valuable content throughout the supply chain and enables a proper and safe delivery to the end-consumer. Flexible packaging is designed to minimize the use of packaging materials, thus it is generally more resource efficient than alternative packaging types. It plays a minor part of a (e.g. food) product’s total environmental footprint, but a major role in preservation. Hence, insufficient or inadequate packaging would increase the overall footprint tremendously. Flexible packaging with customised barrier protection and appropriate portioning therefore reduces the risk of (food) waste, saving more resources than it consumes.
It is fundamental to ensure that packaging waste is being collected and recycled and does not end up in landfills or the environment. In this context, it is important that products are harmonised with existing collection, sorting and recycling infrastructure and processes in order to increase the circularity of packaging. That is why Constantia FFP continuously works on the recyclability of its flexible packaging solutions.
We envision a world in which packaging provides people with the highest benefit at the lowest impact on the environment and society.
Turning global challenges into more sustainable solutions
The basis for more sustainable packaging is the knowledge about the possible environmental burden through the whole life cycle of a product. Constantia FFP is well aware of its role and responsibility and we strive for continuously improving the performance of our processes and products relating to sustainable issues. Therefore, People of Constantia FFP are working daily with Passion for more sustainable and recyclable Packaging solutions which offer maximum functionality with the best possible product protection and minimal ecological impact. There is never only one way leading to better and more sustainable solutions.
We want to contribute actively to the progress towards a circular economy.
Our mission is to produce high quality packaging to protect food with the lowest possible environmental impact. This includes a life cycle approach by considering the entire life of flexible packaging to avoid shifting environmental burdens from one life cycle stage to another. Additionally it is necessary to take care of these precious materials at their end of life with the aim of flexible packaging being recyclable.
Recyclability is generally defined by two parameters: the material composition of the product and the real recycling options after usage. That is why design is so important for the recyclability of packaging. When designing flexible packaging for a circular economy it is essential that the packaging can be collected, sorted and recycled. Ultimately those recycled materials should be used in end market applications where they are kept in the loop and can be used again and again.
What does it take to make flexible packaging circular?
Use of materials with available recycling streams and end-markets for secondary material.
Move from multi-materials to mono-materials.
Harmonisation and capacity increase.
of our product offering is either already designed for recycling or has a recyclable alternative.
UK Plastic Packaging Tax
The UK Government implemented a Plastic Packaging Tax in April 2022. The tax charges £210.82 per metric tonne on all plastic packaging components that do not contain at least 30% recycled material.
Value chain collaboration
Collaboration throughout the value chain is an important component of a comprehensive approach to sustainability. Bearing in mind that global challenges can only be met in a common effort, Constantia FFP actively engages with stakeholders through the value chain. We are members of OPRL, WRAP and the BPF and do all we can to propagate new ideas throughout the supply chain.
We encourage and welcome detailed dialogue with our customers to share ideas and supply information and education on the latest materials and pack formats, and pioneer new materials and new opportunities as they are created.
Constantia FFP have held a number of very successful sustainability events where we have brought packaging industry leaders and stakeholders together to provide clarity, discuss challenges and share expert knowledge and insights from their respective fields.
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