Berry Global introduces new version of recycled plastic-based stretch hood film

EUROPE – The flexible films division of plastic consumer packaging maker Berry Global is launching a next-generation version of its proven stretch hood film with a minimum 30% recycled plastic content.

Berry Global says this will help to support businesses in achieving their sustainability objectives as well as meeting the requirements of current and forthcoming UK and European plastics packaging legislation.

The stretch hood film can be stretched over and around a pallet of finished goods, completely waterproofing the load and improving its load stability. According to the firm, the film uses lower material than traditional shrink hooding films.

Berry uses Sustane polymers to make the stretch hood film while maintaining seal integrity and high tear resistance.

The Sustane polymers integrate recycled plastic to deliver the required technical performance, consistency, traceability and quality.

In particular, the incorporation of Sustane® into the stretch hood film has been achieved while maintaining reliable seal integrity and high tear resistance. This ensures effective product protection throughout the supply chain.

According to the company, Stretch Hood Sustane has a minimum of 30% recycled content and is ideal for low to medium-stretch applications in markets such as beverages, buildings and glass.

Berry is currently producing the film in its factories in Belgium, Germany, Poland and the UK, offering localized supply and support to businesses and brands of all sizes. 

Berry has calculated that the recycled content film can reduce carbon emissions by around 18% compared to one produced entirely from virgin material.

The Stretch Hood Sustane aligns with the firm’s Impact 2025 sustainability strategy. Berry also has plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025 versus the company’s 2016 baseline.

Berry Packaging Solutions Industrial commercial director Daniel Stauber said: “Stretch Hood Sustane provides the perfect opportunity for customers to access a pallet stretch hooding solution where previously only prime polymer versions were available.

“It is another example of our commitment to helping customers meet and exceed their sustainability goals.”

Stretch Hood Sustane joins Berry’s already comprehensive portfolio of sustainable solutions for the protective transportation of goods, backed up by a full technical support service.

“For all stretch wrapping applications, the focus is on ensuring that the chosen film consistently delivers the necessary levels of performance and protection, and we will continue to work with our customers to develop solutions precisely tailored to their requirements,” concludes Daniel Stauber.

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