ECO Bowl

Packaging specialists Multivac and DS Smith have teamed up to design and produce ECO Bowl, a new sustainable solution for fresh foods in modified atmosphere packaging based on corrugated cardboard.

ECO Bowl is a fully recyclable corrugated cardboardtray covered with a plastic skin film and lid film that reduces plastic by up to 85 per cent versus a traditional tray.

To eliminateexcess packaging, ECO Bowl’splastic skin and lid film can be easily removed for disposal, leaving the corrugated tray for recycling.The ECO Bowl allows for easyand effectiveimplementation for customers–itis designed to run on Multivac thermoforming packaging machines and tray sealersandcanguarantee equal shelf-life when compared with conventionalmodified atmospherepackaging for fresh food, or even improve it.

ECO Bowl has already been tested in the market withamidori, a German producer of plant-based meat alternatives which started using the packs at the end of 2019.

Marc Chiron, sales, marketing & innovation director packagingat DS Smith, said:“We’re thrilled to see the successamidoriis having with ECOBowl and this is a great example of the benefits that customers can reap when they choose to implementthis new generation ofpackaging innovationsinto their supply chains.

“The innovation behind ECO Bowl demonstrates the strides DS Smith is taking toencouragegreatersustainability within theretail landscape,and through our partnership with Multivac, we are committed to driving the circular economy at greater scale.”

Multivac’s vice president partner products & consumables, BerndLasslop, added:“We are constantly working on innovative solutions to reduce the quantity of packaging materials and on packaging concepts that meet the current requirements in terms of resource efficiency and recyclability. ECO Bowlisyetanother example of these efforts.”