Global manufacturer of high barrier protective packaging solutions, Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), has launched kpNext, a recyclable PET blister film.
Klöckner Pentaplast says kpNext is the ‘only’ PET recyclable blister that is completely compatible on pharmaceutical manufacturing form, fill and seal equipment.
It says that pharmaceutical companies and converters can utilise kpNext on their existing form, fill and seal lines with no loss of line speed or a need to retool.
Current pharmaceutical blister packaging is classified as RIC #7, produced from a multi material structure, which is not recyclable and therefore is disposed in a landfill or incinerated.
The company says it is produced from a globally recyclable material and is designed to be recycled in the RIC (resin identification code) #1 PET stream.
Daniel Stagnaro, Head of Technology stated: “Current pharmaceutical blister packaging is classified as RIC #7, produced from a multi material structure, which is not recyclable and therefore is disposed in a landfill or incinerated.
“Major pharmaceutical companies have been challenging blister manufacturers for a solution that is responsible and recyclable. kp has answered those challenges with kpNext.”
Research and development
kpNext is the culmination of three years’ worth of research and development.
At launch, Dr. Jorg Schneewind, President of kp’s PHD Division said: “kpNext is an example of excellence in product innovation because it has been designed to be recyclable and is a seamless transition, taking the burden off our customers to adapt to the sustainable film.
“Instead, the film adapted to the equipment. It’s a true milestone for the industry and for kp – in our ability to support our customers in meeting their sustainability commitments.”
It’s a true milestone for the industry and for kp – in our ability to support our customers in meeting their sustainability commitments
“For over 55 years, kp has been at the forefront of sustainable packaging designs, championing the circular economy and closed-loop recycling while leading in innovative, recycled-content products,” said Scott Tracey, CEO of Klöckner Pentaplast.
“As a company, we’re committed to taking every opportunity to make packaging recyclable. A win-win for our long-term partners.”
Earlier this year the UK’s first medicine packet recycling programme was rolled out across pharmacies nationwide in partnership with recycling innovators TerraCycle.
At the time, Laure Cucuron, General Manager for TerraCycle Europe said: “Blister packs are made of a complex mix of difficult-to-recycle materials required to protect medicines, including plastic and aluminium foil, which are not accepted by most council recycling systems so end up in household waste.”