PP cups are mostly the packaging of choice when it comes to dairy packaging. CCL has launched the perfect product decoration match – a low density polyolefin sleeve that has an ideal performance when it comes to recycling.“Using a thin plastic sleeve label that is made from the same family as the cup increases the recycling rate.
First of all it is detected as the material it is on the sorting lines and can be successfully recycled afterwards. Most sleeves tend to be removed due to natural friction and de-sleeving during the recycling process but if it stays on it can also be efficiently recycled,” says Norbert Fenkart, Head of Development at CCL Label’s Dairy Packaging Hub in Hohenems, Austria.
The renowned cyclos-HTP institute conducted a test that showed that 92 – 100% of the sleeve could efficiently be recycled with the PP cup, depending on other factors like ink coverage. This earns the EcoFloat polyolefin material the classification “highly to fully recyclable” according to the cyclos-HTP rating.
Also the sleeve material is very thin with a density <1 which means that it is very resource efficient and creates less CO2 emissions during transport. Use sleeves from the same plastic family to avoid composite materials that can hardly be recycled.
Paper banderoles have become increasingly popular in the last years because paper seems a natural sustainable choice to the customers but is a multi-material composition: paper, plastic and the aluminum lid. These are not very often recycled as it is up to the consumer to separate those materials which can be a challenge and obstacle. First of all it shows great shrinkage which means that all cup shapes can be covered. It is suitable for high-quality printing and offers great possibilities for 360 degree graphics to make the product stand out in the sales shelves.