April 9, 2024

Company launches packaging trays composed entirely of recycled tray material

Luxembourg-headquartered Klöckner Pentaplast (kp) has launched food packaging trays composed entirely of recycled tray material.

While traditional food packaging trays are manufactured using recovered PET material, Tray2Tray contains 100% recycled PET (rPET) derived exclusively from trays, according to a news release from the company.

Thomas Kure Jakobsen. Photo courtesy of kp.

“As a bold innovator, we are thrilled to introduce the first-ever 100% rPET tray to the market,” Thomas Kure Jakobsen, president of Food Packaging at kp, said in the release. “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.”

Tray2Tray works with suppliers to create a separate supply stream of recycled PET from trays, Jakobsen said.

The kp supply chain is RecyClass certified, according to the release.

“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,” Jakobsen said. “Our 100% kp Tray2Tray packaging is a real, workable tray that offers a glimpse into the future of tray packaging circularity.”

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