Sustainable Bacon Packaging
Recyclable Packaging Solutions for the Bacon Market
There is no denying that the Great British Bacon Sandwich is a national treasure and bacon itself has a rich heritage with Brits, with the earliest known record of a British breakfast of bacon and eggs dating back to 1560.
Although a firm favourite at breakfast time, bacon is finding its way into more and more dishes throughout the day and it probably comes as no surprise that bacon, more than any other protein, is at the top of the UK consumers’ shopping list.
Times have certainly changed since the first bacon processing plant opened in Wiltshire in the late 18th century. Lifestyles, dietary habits, disposable income has all changed massively but through it all, our nations love for bacon has remained as strong as ever.
Where our nations love for bacon has stayed very much unchanged, the same can’t be said for the bacon packaging. This has evolved through the years and more recently, Constantia FFP have brought out a range of recyclable sustainable bacon packaging for everyone to use to keep their bacon fresh and their planet healthy.
Constantia FFP Bacon Packaging Solutions
For over 55 years, Constantia FFP have been providing a range of lidding film solutions that are ideal for the bacon packaging category. Whether it is a premium branded product or a value range, Constantia FFP have a solution that will provide the required barrier, functionality and will maintain brand integrity. Ordinarily bacon is packed in thermoformed trays and Constantia FFP’s lidding film is compatible with both pre-formed and thermoformed trays.
As brands and retailers strive to meet sustainable packaging objectives, Constantia FFP developed a recyclable lidding film that is ideal for the bacon packaging category and can be collected for recycling at kerbside. Offering a convenient reseal function to aid portion control and help to maintain product freshness, Constantia FFP’s recyclable lidding film is also available with 30% PCR content.
Constantia FFP have wholeheartedly committed to the development of materials and pack formats that can help to reduce any negative impact on the environment. Our technical expertise and manufacturing capability puts us in an optimal position to drive the innovation of more sustainable flexible bacon packaging solutions.
Constantia FFP have developed recyclable bacon packaging that provides sustainable packaging without impacting on shelf life:
Recyclable Lidding Film
Constantia FFP have developed a recyclable lidding film that has been classified as ‘Recycle’ by OPRL allowing it to be collected for recycling at kerbside. The resealable mono material lidding film, available in either PET or PP, has been designed to be used with a tray of the same material. The lidding film is not detached from the tray, allowing the consumer to put the entire pack in their pots, tubs and trays kerbside collection.
Constantia FFP’s recyclable lidding films lend themselves perfectly to the bacon packaging industry as they are compatible with thermoformed trays, are resealable and can be provided with barrier options. Our PET lidding film can also be supplied with more than 30% PCR content.
Many existing lidding films for bacon packaging are a mixed laminate solution. Constantia FFP’s recyclable lidding films are a mono material that also offer an opportunity to significantly downgauge your lidding film.
The reseal function and printability of our recyclable lidding film also presents further options to remove packaging weight by removing the need for a printed cardboard sleeve as is sometimes found on premium bacon packaging offerings.
Our sustainable packaging solutions are already on shelf in major retailers and are having a huge impact in recycling flexible films. They offer an immediate solution that utilises current waste streams and are interchangeable with current packaging formats.
- Classified as ‘Recycle’ by OPRL and collected at kerbside
- Mono material (PET or PP)
- Opening can be tailored to suit product and pack
- High Barrier options available
- Can be reclosed multiple times to help maintain product freshness
- Suitable for use on thermoformed trays
- High speed processing on standard lines
- PET version available with 30% PCR content
Esterseal and the Plastic Tax
On the 1st April 2022, the UK government implemented a new Plastic Packaging Tax of £210.82 per metric tonne on all plastic packaging components that do not contain at least 30% recycled material. In the current climate, where brands and retailers are trying to move packaging lines over to recyclable solutions, it can present a significant challenge to also incorporate PCR content into the material.
Esterseal, however, is available with 30% PCR content to mitigate the Plastic Tax and offer a recyclable solution.
Not only can Esterseal mitigate the new plastic tax, it also diverts material from landfill.
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Constantia FFP’s recyclable lidding films are a lightweight, sustainable packaging solution that are both resealable and fully printable. They can offer an opportunity to downgauge existing films and with a ‘Recycle’ classification, can be collected for recycling at kerbside.