B+K is focussed on complete recyclability wherever possible and offers a variety of recyclable packaging for diverse applications, whether as converted packaging or material on reels/FFS. Both mono PE and polyolefin films are convincing in terms of recyclability.
We assume that, by 2024, over 70 percent of our consumer packaging will be recyclable and/or manufactured with recycled materials. Sustainability is also playing an increasingly important role in industrial packaging. 80 percent of our packaging in this sector are already recyclable.
ECO up to 100 denotes B+K packaging with a material recycling rate of at least 80%.
We are committed to increased recycability
PE mono films and laminated polyolefin materials can be accurately identified, separated and recycled during plastic sorting. The recyclate manufactured from this is then returned to the plastic cycle.
Naturally, our recyclable films, bags and sacks also offer the same formats, characteristics, protection functions and quality as our products that are made of mixed materials.
Bischof + Klein is engaged in intensive dialogue with processors, associations, consumers and important players amongst the industry's plastics producers and recyclers.
Our membership of CEFLEX (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging) is particularly important. This alliance of over 160 European companies, associations and organisations represents the entire flexible packaging value chain. As a member of the German Association for Plastics, Packaging and Film's 'Eco Design' round table, we have brought our know-how to bear in the development of guidelines for the eco-design of plastic packaging.
- With 30 percent PCR, the B+K Twister Plus® wicketed bag (German Packaging Award 2019 in the category of sustainability) reduces the use of new plastic.
- The single-origin B+K U-Pack® side gusseted bag with over 40 percent PCR combines top-class product protection with resource efficiency while fostering the circular economy.
- An innovative laminate structure consisting of polyethylene with recycling-compatible barrier layers and PE spouts makes our new stand up pouch 95 percent recyclable (cyclos-HTP test institute).
- Made of 100 percent PE, B+K PowFlex® for finely powdered and moisture-sensitive products can currently be manufactured using 50 percent PIR (post-industrial recyclate).
We are committed to increased recyclability.
Almost all of our packaging solutions can be manufactured using recyclate contents depending on requirement profile. During the past year, we have increased the use of post-consumer recyclate (PCR) more than ten-fold.
We are committed to reducing film thicknesses.
Since the 1990s, we have been reducing the film thickness of our packaging while maintaining the product characteristics. On average, plastic packaging has become a good 25 % lighter. Together with our customers, we are therefore making a major contribution to the environment.
Thin films impact positively on the entire supply chain. More linear metres per reel, fewer reel changes and optimum utilisation of pallets and storage areas increase productivity and improve the ecological footprint.
We are committed to reducing CO2 emissions.
Flexible packaging contributes to reducing emissions caused by road traffic. It is naturally lighter and requires less space, especially in its unfilled condition.
Example: our customer Hippolyt, a manufacturer of feed for horses, has been supplementing its plastic feed buckets with recyclable side gusseted bags from Bischof + Klein since 2019. A truck can transport a total of 16,920 empty buckets including lids – or 145,200 unfilled bags that are folded flat. The transportation effort for the bags is therefore only around one eighth of that of the buckets.
We process renewable raw materials
B+K has tested various renewable raw materials for producing plastic packaging. At present, the greatest potential is offered by polyethylene manufactured from sugar cane (I'm greenTM PE). Although customer demand fell in 2020, we remain focussed on this topic.
The advantage of this material is that it can be sent for material recycling after use via the existing take-back and recycling systems. However, it must generally be noted in the environmental balance of renewable raw materials that their cultivation may compete with that of foodstuffs and feeds.
This is also the case for biologically degradable, renewable raw materials such as starch or polylactic acid (PLA), which can also be processed at B+K to produce packaging materials. So far, there are no additional take-back and recycling systems for these. The material may even disrupt the existing recycling processes; in combination with the high prices of the raw materials, this often causes customers to shy away from using them intensively.
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