Packaging company Smurfit Kappa has introduced a range of sustainable packaging alternatives to replace single-use plastics in bundling beverage cans and bottles.
The new range comprises three products - GreenClip, TopClip, and Nor-Grip.
"Single-use plastics can have a devastating impact on the environment and designing even more sustainable packaging alternatives is a cornerstone of our Better Planet Packaging initiative," said Arco Berkenbosch, vice-president of innovation and development at Smurfit Kappa.
The new corrugated packaging options offered by the company are 100% recyclable, renewable, and biodegradable.
"We know from our research that 75% of consumers have a preference for sustainable packaging." Berkenbosch added.
GreenClip offers an alternative for plastic rings used to group six cans.
Drinks companies are keen to switch to an eco-friendly alternative to plastic rings as it has a damaging effect on marine life, the company said.
The second product, TopClip, aims to replace stretch film used in bundling cans in one pack.
It covers the top of the cans, protecting them from contamination and providing excellent branding opportunities.
The solution cuts carbon footprint by 30% compared to its plastic alternative, the packaging giant added.
The Nor-Grip, launched earlier this year, is a corrugated solution that bundles bottles together into consumer units, eliminating the need for shrink film.
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