Charpak Ltd, unveiled the UK’s first Localised Circular Economy at Packaging Innovations 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham. Plastics are used, recycled and put back into their production process for re-manufacture into new packaging. The Localised Circular Economy has been live since January 2019.
Whilst many are theorising about this aim, Charpak is the first organisation to recruit partners, including the RECAP Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership, Jayplas and Amey, to achieve a full circle in the plastics economy.
“As a leading design and manufacturing company in this field, we recognised the responsibility we have to help allay consumer fears and take major initiatives to achieve a truly circular plastics economy. Charpak is committed to achieving zero waste and minimising environmental impact. Over 99% of the company’s waste is either recycled, reused or composted.”
Paul Smith adds: “We believe we are the first in the UK to make this a reality. It takes bold action to prove it can be done. We are not just talking about sustainable solutions to the plastics packaging problem, we are doing it.”
The Cambridgeshire-wide Localised Circular Economy transforms waste into resource for manufacturing into new packaging by processing the County’s waste locally, with less miles travelled thereby also reducing CO 2 emissions. Processing this resource locally is a solution that can be deployed in other regions, and other materials.
Spearheading the company’s commitment to 360 degree circularity was their latest product launch at Packaging Innovations. The company describes its innovative patented packaging, Twist-Loc, as a ground-breaking packaging solution with high appeal to food manufacturers and retailers. The Twist-Loc container was on display at the exhibition as a Finalist in Packaging Innovations’ Innovation Showcase.
Twist-Loc is a perfect ‘eat me, keep me’ packaging which combines total product clarity in lightweight, durable, reusable and recyclable rPET plastic. Manufactured from recycled plastic, and 100% recyclable, the product’s integrated locking device means it is tamper evident and has zero ‘tear off bits’. Stackable and reusable, the product is available with a fully wrapped sleeve for ambient, chilled and frozen products.
Justin Kempson, Sales and Innovation Director at Charpak, concludes: “With compostable and biodegradable plastics not yet feasible to process in the current waste infrastructure moving to recycled and reusable packaging must be the way forward. Why use multi-layer materials, when mono-layer materials, from recycled resource are suitable and perfectly viable, and far less environmentally damaging. Whilst others continue to discuss, we are ecstatic to be designing and producing packaging using this circular resource.
“These two solutions demonstrate our commitment and responsive approach to consumer demands for more sustainable packaging. Twist-Loc is delivered with the high quality of design, and production standards our clients expect from Charpak. With substantial interest from the retail and manufacturing sector at Packaging Innovations our ability to deliver practical solutions was well received, and relevant to any sector using plastic packaging; particularly, but not limited to, food.”
For more information on the circular economy and Twist-Loc visit www.charpak.co.uk