Sustainability is a hot topic in the manufacturing and packaging industries right now. With environmental consciousness high on the agenda for consumers and businesses alike, it makes sense for industry to take steps to join the sustainability revolution. Many of our PPMA member companies are doing just that, in innovative and practical ways that not only foreground eco-friendly methods and materials, but also contribute to cost-saving, reducing carbon emissions, and increasing productivity.

Explore further articles on sustainability in processing machinery and packaging:

The Future of Sustainable Packaging (Part 1)

The Future of Sustainable Packaging (Part 2)

Compostable and Biodegradable Packaging for the Anti-Packaging Age

Packaging 2020: Packaging Trends and Innovations

Spiroflow: A Sustainable Bulk Bag Filler Solution

Among the PPMA member companies making impressive strides in the field of sustainable production is Spiroflow. Spiroflow has developed a patented bulk bag filler, the Cone Table Elite (known as CTE). The CTE offers a solution to poor densification of dried milk and dairy products, a typical problem in bulk bag filling. Spiroflow’s cone table densification system densifies material in the bag, which increases the stability and throughput to a rate of 30-40+ bags per hour.

See Spiroflow’s exhibitor page here.

By increasing the amount of product in a bag, manufacturers can see a substantial reduction in storage and shipping costs. The stretching of the bag and deaeration of the material creates a safe and stable bag that can be safely double- or even triple-stacked within the filler, which allows end users to maximise operator productivity.

Find out more about Spiroflow and the CTE bulk bag filler on page 20 of our May/June 2020 Machinery Update magazine.

Tönnies: Highly Sustainable Meat Packaging for Aldi

Tönnies is the meat supplier for Aldi Germany, and one of the biggest names in meat production in Germany. They, too, are making a serious commitment to sustainability, bringing in new fresh meat packaging which will save over half of the plastics and CO₂ it currently uses.

The new sustainable packaging material:

Uses 70% less plastics than traditional meat tray packaging

Cuts 80% of transport costs

Saves 60% of CO₂ emissions

Comprises 100% recyclable film

As retailer demand grows, Tönnies plans to convert further lines to the new packaging material.

Find out more about Tönnies on page 23 of our May/June 2020 Machinery Update magazine.

Syntegon Technology: Horizontal flow wrapping machines to hasten a return to paper packaging

Syntegon Technology has patented a new flow wrap forming unit and sealing jaws for paper cold-sealing applications. The ‘paper ON form’ upgrade kit for horizontal flow wrapping machines can be used for most packaging materials, making it easier for manufacturers to make the switch to paper packaging. The innovative unit easily matches the performance and usability of conventional flow wrapping, with no restrictions on speed or format.

Paper-ON-form is already being used by international food manufacturers for packaging of chocolate bars.

Along with the new upgrade kit, Syntegon Technology has also developed a new Amplified Heat Sealing invention, which promises accurate heat input, making it easy to seal packaging from delicate mono-materials, such as paper.

More information on the paper-ON-form kit from Syntegon Technology is available on page 52 of our March/April 2020 edition of Machinery Update magazine.

The New UK Plastic Packaging Tax

The UK Government has announced plans to implement a tax on plastic packaging manufactured in or imported into the UK. The tax would come into effect in April 2022, and would apply to plastic packaging that contains less than 30% recycled plastic. The idea of this tax was first suggested at the Budget 2018, with the same date of April 2022 set for its implementation.

The Budget 2020 announced that the tax would apply at a rate of £200 per tonne of plastic packaging which does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. The Plastic Packaging Tax will complement the reformed Packaging Producer Responsibility Regulations, designed to discourage the creation of new plastic packaging which is difficult to recycle.

The tax will create greater demand for recycled plastic, stimulating increased recycling and collection of plastic waste, with the aim of diverting it away from landfill or incineration. With the introduction of the tax, it is expected that UK manufacturing businesses will make significant leaps towards sustainable packaging options. Innovations like those of Syntegon Technology and Tönnies, for example, will prove highly successful as the advent of the tax’s implementation draws closer.

Find out more about the Plastic Packaging Tax in this document from