Experts in sustainable packaging

Eco friendly packaging from Pont

Based on the alarming global situation and with the raise in environmental concern, the EU commission has set the European Plastic Strategy which is aimed at tackling the plastic waste issues and fixes ambitious objectives for both industry and brands. From increasing percentage of recyclable material to be used in packaging (50% by 2025 and 55% by 2030) to the ban on oxo-degradable plastic, the rules relating to the use of plastic packaging are numerous, complex and can vary from country to country. The EU is also considering to consider the use of financial incentives to encourage brands to use sustainable packaging whilst extra charges could be incurred by those brands using poorly recyclable solutions (like the CITEO system in France)

The influx of information can become confusing and that’s why, at Pont, we are committed to bringing full support and assistance to our customers in this area. From the complete existing packaging assessment to the design of the most suitable and sustainable solution, we will help you to respect the new rules and to avoid unnecessary penalties on non-sustainable packaging.

Experts in sustainable packaging
Experts in sustainable packaging
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A truly sustainable approach

A truly sustainable approach

The prism of global sustainability

At Pont, we are closely following the new solutions and have decided to propose only those offering a more sustainable approach like the recycled PET, recycled HDPE or bio-based materials. The packaging material must become an asset and not a waste, and that’s why, at Pont, we strongly believe in the recyclability of packaging materials. From our point of view, biodegradable materials are not the most sustainable solution as, at the end of the product life, the entire resource is lost and thus do not enter the circular economy concept.

And last but not least, it goes without saying that every organisation must consider their environmental impact from a wider perspective than just the eco-friendly packaging aspect. Indeed, all departments & activities of a company must be analysed through the prism of global sustainability: reuse of cardboard boxes for shipping, bio or recycled plastic film wrap, overall energy policy, optimising transport, business travel, printed material, mailing & invoicing, etc.

A truly sustainable approach

Our PONT of view?
Follow the 4 Rs …

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Reduce material where possible

A light weight version of a product is an easy way to have a positive impact by reducing the overall quantity of material. It can be a marketing tool for your company to say how many Kilos of plastic you have saved over a certain period. It only requires some simple technical adjustments of the filling lines.
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Design products fit for recycling

More than just choosing the material, shape and colour of the container, it is important to consider the combination of the whole package - the container/bottle with the cap, the choice of label and the type of glue which can all make the difference between a recyclable item and an unrecyclable one. Every single piece has its own importance and has to be chosen for your specific needs.
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Use of recycled materials

Recycled PET, recycled HDPE, and glass are all materials which can offer similar performances as their original versions and can be recycled many times. Today, the recycled PET is food grade and can be used for all the same applications as the virgin one. The recycled HDPE doesn’t offer the food grade but can be used for many other applications.
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Use of renewable materials

Using natural raw material for your packaging is a great step towards sustainability and to reduce your global carbon foot print. Bio based HDPE material offers the same properties as the petrol based one, and also satisfies the same food certification. Due to the raise of demand for this natural material, new bespoke development, outside our standard range, might be impacted by raw material availability on the market.

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The recyclability of packaging material

The packaging industry has never been under such pressure to answer all environmental concerns from brands and consumers and numerous options are being introduced into the market. Consumers want eco-friendly packaging and to step away from single-use plastics (shopping bags, cutlery, wrapping foils, …)

Going for a recycled or bio-based container is already a great step forward but it is also of importance to make sure that your final packaging will be recyclable. This ultimate goal we want to reach is that the packaging material will be reused again and again through recycling and for that, we also need to consider the other parts of the packaging such as the cap, the label & the glue, the sleeve, the shipping box, … That’s where Pont want to help further, by providing extra hints and tips relating to all aspects of the package.

Extra advice for <br/>the complete package
Extra advice for <br/>the complete package

What does it mean?

Terms & Meanings

Bio based

The term ‘bio based’ only indicates the source of the material. Bio based plastics are made of materials derived from biomass (plants, e.g. corn, sugarcane, starch etc.). They can be either biodegradable or no- biodegradable.

Biodegradable

The term ‘biodegradable’ only indicates the end-of-life of the material. Biodegradable material can be either bio-based or made of fossil fuels. Biodegradable plastics break down under specific conditions within a period of time. The material decomposes by specific microorganisms into water, carbon dioxide or methane and biomass and is a natural process without any time limitation.

Compostable

The criteria for the industrial compostability of packaging are set out in the European standard EN 13432. EN 13432 requires the compostable plastics to disintegrate after 12 weeks and completely biodegrade after six months. That means that 90 percent of the plastic material will have been converted to CO2. Home compostable works under different and more challenging conditions but in the same time. So, every compostable plastic can bio degrade, but not every biodegradable plastic can be used for the compost at home nor the industrial one.

Biocomposite

Bio composites are a material out of polymer(s) and fibres. At least one component has to be bio based. Mostly, there are organic fibres used, e.g. hemp, flax, cotton, etc. Wood-plastic-

Due to the rapid evolution of the sustainability into the packaging sector as well as local differences of recycling processes and law, information provided within this document are for information only.
We advise you to check your local regulation’s update.