Core issue of sustainability

09. September 2021

For Bischof + Klein, sustainability is a core issue in the development of flexible plastic packaging. Specifically, this involves recyclability and the use of post-consumer regranulate (PCR).

"Our flexible packaging solutions are an important contribution to a sustainable circular economy entirely without compromising quality, protection functions or optical appearance", says Inga Böhlke, head of sales for the consumer packaging market segment at the full-service supplier of flexible packaging and technical films.

Bischof + Klein develops ecologically designed packaging in close cooperation with its customers. Material savings of over 20 percent are achieved in the hygiene sector, for instance. B+K uses up to 60 percent PCR in its wicketed bags, a trend that is on the increase. Coffee packaging with an aroma barrier manufactured on the basis of PE rather than aluminium is recyclable. Further aspects include alternative raw materials and a significant reduction in the use of dyes.

The company is involved in the CEFLEX (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging) initiative. Within this, over 170 organisations have forged an alliance to make flexible packaging fit for the circular economy by 2025. Representatives from the entire value chain are working to achieve this objective: material producers, packaging manufacturers, fillers, disposal companies, recyclers and machine manufacturers.

CEFLEX aims to improve the infrastructure and technology for collecting, sorting and recycling flexible packaging in Europe and to establish markets for recycled materials. Inga Böhlke: "The design of the packaging plays a crucial role in this. This is one of Bischof + Klein's strengths. We know what our customers need and are familiar with the wealth of options that plastic offers for flexible packaging."



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