Tempo Plastics Limited (Innisfil, ON, Canada) has added a strong sustainable alternative to its portfolio of flexible packaging that stretches back nearly 50 years: a recyclable structure available either as pouches or rollstock material derived from a single polymer, high-density polyethylene, that can be recycled in the #2 polyethylene stream.
Promoted as “Guilt-Free packaging,” HARMONYPack was created for a circular economy while exceeding market criteria for cost, durability and other key performance measures of desirable packaging, according to Leonardo Giglio, vp marketing & product development. “Our philosophy behind HarmonyPack is to build the circular economy by designing packaging to be easier to recycle.”
He believes the timing is perfect for this type of packaging.
“More than ever, the push to eliminate waste is at the forefront of mainstream media and the consumer’s mind,” he explained. “Major companies are making commitments to reduce their packaging waste to landfill. We see this as an opportunity to help our customers achieve these goals. In fact, sustainability seems to be a daily conversation among customers. We want to both educate and help our customers find these solutions.”
His remark about the timing proved prophetic: in debuting HarmonyPack at PackEx, Tempo Plastics was pleased to display the first customer application in the booth: pouches of Dainty brand rice in three varieties from Les Aliments Dainty Foods. Inc., which has locations in Montreal and Toronto.
The monolayer all-HDPE film structure marks the introduction of the brand’s new organic products line. Rather than the regular products blue-hued packs, Dainty chose green as the dominant color to message the pouches’ sustainability capability as recyclable. The pouches are surface-printed flexographically in six colors.
A How2recycle label will be issued for the packaging, Giglio pointed out, requiring that brand owners wanting to use the logo on the HarmonyPack will have to enter into a membership agreement. “We can help facilitate that process at the start of the design process,” he added.
HarmonyPack is applicable for products from small snack food sizes to large-format dog food bags. Markets include pet treats, confections, lawn and garden, nuts and seeds, coffee, frozen foods, bakery and snack foods.
For more on HarmonyPack, see Recyclable stand-up pouch is circular-economy ready, published May 2019 by Packaging Digest.
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