July 25, 2024

Klöckner Pentaplast introduce tray innovation

Klöckner Pentaplast has introduced the first food packaging trays made from 100% recycled PET (rPET) derived exclusively from trays.

Until now, food packaging trays have been manufactured using increasing proportions of recovered PET material. The new tray is the first to be composed entirely of recycled tray material. This milestone is the direct result of Klöckner Pentaplast’s Tray2Tray initiative, which has established a closed-loop system to use PET flake from trays.

“As a bold innovator, we are thrilled to introduce the first-ever 100% rPET tray to the market,” said Thomas Kure Jakobsen, President, Food Packaging at Klöckner Pentaplast.

“This achievement is a major breakthrough in the packaging industry and perfectly demonstrates what is possible with the right combination of expertise and technology. Most rPET in the material loop comes from plastic bottles, of which just 30% goes into food packaging trays, and most of this does not end up being recovered. As a result, countless tonnes of rPET tray material are wasted each year.”

The Klöckner Pentaplast supply chain is RecyClass certified to ensure the safety, quality and traceability of its PCR packaging solutions. The company says that the new 100% Tray2Tray packaging is ideal for businesses looking to control costs relating to eco and plastic taxes, as well as those looking to advance their ESG strategies.

“We’re not just looking to move the needle on plastic tray sustainability; we’re aiming to begin the next era. One of the biggest advantages of partnering with kp and using kp Tray2Tray content is that it’s a perfect ‘drop in’ solution, so switching over is easy, and packaging performance isn’t compromised. Our 100% kp Tray2Tray packaging is a real, workable tray that offers a glimpse into the future of tray packaging circularity,” added Jakobsen.