Sustainable Sausage Packaging
Recyclable Sausage Packaging Solutions
The word sausage derives from the Latin salsisium, meaning something that has been salted. Over the centuries, sausages have been adapted to the tastes and cultures of countries across the globe, such as the Italian Salami, Iberian Chorizo, German Frankfurter and the good old English Banger.
In the UK, sausages are most commonly made from beef or pork although now it’s not unusual to find chicken sausages and even vegan sausages on supermarket shelves.
They are also widely available today in many different forms such as fresh, frozen, canned, dried and fermented, which means you need different types of sausage packaging to meet the needs of the individual storage requirements.
Constantia FFP Sausage Packaging Solutions
For over half a century, Constantia FFP have been providing a range of flexible packaging solutions that are ideal for the sausage sector. From cocktail to premium, from chicken to vegan, Constantia FFP has a sausage packaging solution that will provide sausages with the required functionality and barrier requirements and will maintain brand integrity.
As brands and retailers strive to meet sustainable packaging objectives, Constantia FFP has developed a range of sustainable packaging solutions that can be recycled in the UK now. From lightweight, resealable lidding film that can be collected at kerbside and is compatible with both pre-formed and thermoformed trays to mono-material laminates that run efficiently on existing machinery and are ideal for flow wrap and pre-made pouches. We have a solution that will enable you to move your products into sustainable packaging.
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 packaging solutions.
Constantia FFP’s 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.
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 sausage packaging sector as they are compatible with both pre-formed and thermoformed trays, are resealable and can be provided with barrier options. Our PET lidding film can also be supplied with 30% PCR content.
The reseal function and printability of our recyclable lidding films also present further options to remove packaging weight by removing the need for a printed cardboard sleeve as is sometimes found on premium sausage packaging.
- 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
Mono Material Recyclable Laminates
Constantia FFP can supply mono material PE or PP laminates that can be recycled with carrier bags at supermarkets, as classified by OPRL and can be supplied as film-on-a-reel or pre-made pouches and bags. They can be provided with high barrier and run efficiently on existing packing lines with no need for capital investment and modifications.
The material is ideal for flow wrapping sausages and is also suitable for packing frozen products. It can be reverse printed with the print sandwiched between the laminate layers to ensure branding remains vibrant throughout the lifecycle of the product and won’t rub or scratch off.
- Recyclable by returning to store with carrier bags – as classified by OPRL
- PE or PP zip available to offer resealability whilst maintaining recyclability
- High barrier options available
- Outstanding seal integrity
- High print quality and tactile finishes available
- Available as pre-made pouches and bags or film-on-a-reel
- Perform well on packaging lines with no need for costly upgrades and no loss of throughput
- PE tears with ease without the need to laser score
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.