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Definition and development of functional barriers for the use of recycled materials in multilayer food packaging


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Vertical cooperation for three - From post consumer PET bottles to egg cups

Forward-thinkingcompanies, Global Plastics, Hickman’s Family Farms and Amut Group have starteda great vertical collaboration to give to plastic a second life, avoidingpost-consumer bottles to end up in landfills or in the ocean.

Global Plasticsis a well-known Californian manufacturer of PET packaging made entirely from post-consumerbottles. It recycles approximately four million bottles a day, which are sortedby colour, ground and washed. The company then pelletizes the flakes and extrudesthe sheet for final use in thermoforming. The entire process is performed by AmutGroup machines and complies with FDA certification regulations for packaging suitablefor direct food contact applications.

Hickman’sFamily Farms is involved in eggs extensive production and has launched into themarket an egg container made entirely from post-consumer PET soda and waterbottles. The partner for this project is Global Plastics.

Thiseco-friendly container takes about five bottles to make an 18-count egg packand about three bottles to make one of 12-count egg. A 24-egg carton will becoming to shelves very soon.

Hickman’sFamily Farms is also starting its own in-house thermoforming business withACF920 model branded Amut-Comi. The newly developed software named Easy extremelysimplifies machine running, also for companies that begin to produce.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, technological development and demonstration (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [606572].

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