Global packaging company Amcor, which has a number of locations in New Zealand, has launched a recyclable shrink bag for meat and cheese.

Described by the company as a first, the Eco-Tite R packaging has been released in Europe.

Designed to maximise shelf-life, maintain food safety, reduce food waste and be recycled in existing polyethylene (PE) plastic recycling streams, the Amcor Eco-Tite R provides European meat and cheese producers an alternative to PVDC packaging, which is non-recyclable in mechanical or chemical recycling systems.

“Through our packaging expertise and commitment to sustainability, the team has overcome a challenge for the industry; developing a high performance shrink bag that’s PVDC-free and recyclable, while maintaining food safety,” says Rosalia Rosalinova, marketing manager for meat and fresh produce at Amcor.

“This is a great step forward for consumers and an example of how the removal of problematic materials from packaging – something the industry is increasingly focussed on delivering – can provide us with safe, secure and recyclable packaging.”

Amcor Eco-Tite R is a multi-layer, mono-PE packaging which maintains a high barrier to oxygen and water vapour even when exposed to high-moisture environments, such as refrigerators.

This innovation supports Amcor’s broader commitment to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.