Graphic Packaging International adds innovative ProducePack™ Punnet packaging

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Innovative ProducePack™ Punnet packaging

Paperboard alternative to plastic punnet trays, ProducePack Punnet may change the course of the packaging industry as they are fully recyclable and depending on conditions, they can reduce plastic by up to 100 percent.

Graphic Packaging International, the fiber-based packaging leader, recently announced the launch of its ProducePack™ Punnet. Paperboard alternative to plastic punnet trays, ProducePack Punnet may change the course of the packaging industry as they are fully recyclable and depending on conditions, they can reduce plastic by up to 100 percent.

According to a survey conducted by McKinsey Survey 1, the pandemic has significantly heightened the awareness within consumers as far as food safety and hygiene are concerned. ProducePack Punnet not only offers farmers and retailers with the opportunity to provide consumers with food safety but also works towards prioritizing sustainability.

A packer requires minimal investment to make the switch from plastic trays to paperboard since the sustainable solution works with the existing machineries along with churning out the paper punnets at similar speeds.       

“As growers and producers look to move towards recyclable fiber-based solutions, they can count on our expertise to deliver value-added innovation as well as like-for-like functionality versus traditional plastic trays. Aligned with our vision 2025 and DfE methodology, this launch is another example of how we can partner with customers to accelerate the transition to a more circular economy.”

A range of barrier options are available so that the packaging remains robust throughout the supply chain. In addition, these punnets are available in various shapes which offer CO2 reductions during transportation due to the high volume of punnet trays per truck load.

From fruits to vegetables, the unique solution ensures sustainability remains at the core of the manufacturing process.

“ProducePack Punnet delivers a 90 percent reduction in plastic when compared to polypropylene or polyester trays, and a 100 percent reduction if a barrier coating is not necessary for the application,” said Elodie Bugnicourt, sustainability manager at Graphic Packaging International.

“It is expected to provide carbon footprint reduction versus standard fossil plastic trays and a much greater circularity with an average paperboard recycling rate of more than double that of plastics, on average, in most countries. The interest we received in ProducePack was extraordinary following its launch earlier this year. ProducePack Punnet now extends the new applications such as berries, enabling our customers to reap the environmental benefits of paperboard packaging in a wider variety of fresh produce applications.”

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