Schur Flexibles increases sustainability efforts

Flexible packaging provider, Schur Flexibles Group, has published its sustainability strategy along the principle guidelines of “rethink”. The implementation of the strategy is guided by the 5R program, based on five pillars of Responsibility, Recycling, Replace, Reduction and Renewal.

At IFFA 2019 the group will be showcasing its range of packaging options, which are either recyclable, made of renewable raw materials or extremely reduced regarding use of resources and will be available to advise on developing tailor-made solutions.

Numerous products from the Schur Flexibles range already contribute to sustainable resource management and particularly support the presentation, protection and reliable extension of the shelf life, of meat and poultry products.

Many Schur Flexibles products are made of mono materials or of materials from the same group of plastics and are therefore recyclable. One example is the reclosable FlexiClose packaging concept. Used in conjunction with Schur Flexibles C-base PP bottom film, FlexiClose provides a completely recyclable, high barrier, reclosure solution.

Schur Flexibles has also been working on thinning its films, achieving reductions of up to 25%. This has led to a reduction in the amount of resources, and increased efficiency all along the value chain.

The Schur Flexibles range of innovative and high performing products for meat and poultry products includes the VACUshrink FM40 film and BarrierTop X 35 which are amongst the thinnest in the market. In addition, Schur Flexibles has developed the flexible and extremely transparent thermoforming VACUflex film.

Schur Flexibles has also increased the use of renewable raw materials such as paper and fibre materials. This includes DanaFibre bottom films for thermoforming applications that utilise paper or fibre instead of polymers.

Schur Flexibles is always looking to boost performance, especially for the highly sensitive products in the meat industry. Plastic as a material for vacuum or MAP packaging is still indispensable within current technological standards, therefore, Schur Flexibles offers products that reduce the use of raw materials, utilise renewable materials and improve recyclability, without sacrificing product protection, hygiene or handling.

Whether it is packaging optimised for recycling, with reduced material consumption or based on materials from renewable resources, Schur Flexibles packaging provides reliable sealing, peelability, reclosability, antifog, high levels of transparency and tear resistance.

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