The UK has stringent targets set by the EU for recycling of plastic packaging materials. However, flexible packaging materials are often unsuitable for recycling due to their multilayer lamination or co-extrusion nature, making it impossible for the recycler to separate the materials.
Parkside wanted to fill this vital gap in the market and by developing a range of compostable products now has a credible alternative solution to landfilling.
Parkside became the first flexible packaging manufacturer to produce multilayer laminates that can be disposed of in a home or industrial composting environment.
These products have been award the Vincotte OK Compost and OK Compost HOME accreditation – which is a first for the UK flexible packaging market and comes after years of work at the Normanton site.
The duplex and triplex laminates have undergone rigorous testing and have been proven to break down under specified conditions within a 12 week (industrial) and 26 week (home) period.
The success means that environmentally aware brand owners, packers, retailers finally have the choice of flexible packs that can be disposed of by consumers, avoiding landfill and any detrimental effect on the environment.
The range of laminates which have been launched under the Park-2-Nature brand name, are initially being targeted towards the coffee bag market where many brand owners have been requesting sustainable solutions for their flexible packaging but is also suitable for a great many different food products such as dried fruit and confectionery.
The aesthetics of the Park-2-Nature packs are designed to be comparable to standard high quality flexible packaging laminates providing great shelf appeal, which will drive sales for retailers. The oxygen and moisture barrier performance of the product is designed to deliver extended shelf life and minimal product waste – again, similar to other flexible packaging laminates.
Having compostable paper and film barrier laminate substrates is a big step forward for the industry and opens up significant opportunities for Parkside to develop business with customers working with green, organic and environmentally sensitive brands.
With manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia, Parkside are able to offer this finished product on a global basis. Parkside is now positioned as a serious specialty packaging player.