Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Pares Down the Plastic

Helping to keep wine connoisseurs, enthusiasts, and alcoholics alike happy and green, Smurfit Kappa has reduced the amount of plastic used in its Bag-in-Box by introducing their new light 60-micron EVOH film: E Compact 60.

The development process for this film took more than a year, and before giving final approval for use, Smurfit Kappa applied its strict qualification criteria in order to guarantee the film’s exceptional mechanical and barrier properties, to an even better than market average requirement.

This new solution is based on new PE resin technologies that are more resistant and thus allow for more sustainable packaging without any compromise on productivity and consumer convenience. Due to this innovation, Smurfit Kappa has achieved a 16% bag weight reduction and 12% less of CO2 emissions (estimated for the 3l bag format with the Vitop® Compact tap).

Commenting on the developments, Thierry Minaud, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box, said: “Bag-in-Box® is an environmentally friendly solution containing less plastic than other liquid product packaging. We are constantly working on our materials and technologies to make our packaging most sustainable. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has already made significant improvements in the area of plastic weight reduction, and showed 15% film thickness decrease in the last 15 years.

Launch of the Vitop® Compact tap has also contributed positively and enabled 2.7 tons of plastic saving per 1 million bags. Reducing materials goes hand in hand with other environmental benefits: fewer trucks and lower CO2 emissions, less waste, less storage space.”

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