Amcor launches first recyclable shrink bag for meat, poultry, and cheese
Amcor has launched Eco-Tite R in Europe, the first PVDC free shrink bag for fresh and processed meat, poultry and some cheeses, that has been designed to be recycled. It is designed to maximise shelf life, maintain food safety, reduce food waste and can be recycled in existing polyethylene (PE) plastic recycling streams. This means that more consumers will be able to recycle their meat, poultry and cheese packaging, while enjoying the benefits of longer lasting food.
‘Through our packaging expertise and commitment to sustainability, the team has overcome a challenge for the industry – developing a high performance shrink bag that is PVDC free and recyclable, while maintaining food safety. This is a great step forward for consumers and an example of how the removal of problematic materials from packaging – something the industry is increasingly focused on delivering – can provide us with safe, secure and recyclable packaging,’ said Rosalia Rosalinova, marketing manager for meat and fresh produce at Amcor.
Amcor Eco-Tite R is a multi-layer, mono PE packaging which maintains a high barrier to oxygen and water vapour even when exposed to high moisture environments, such as cooler cases and refrigerators. This solution provides European meat and cheese producers an alternative to PVDC packaging – which is not recyclable in mechanical or chemical recycling systems.
To validate recyclability in real world conditions, Amcor Eco-Tite R has been certified by the cyclos-HTP institute, an independent testing lab.