The packaging specialist is keen to highlight its commitment to sustainability and the circular economy at Fruit Attraction

At next month’s Fruit Attraction exhibition in Madrid, packaging specialist Ilip plans to stress its commitment to the circular economy, with the group’s Closed Loop r-PET project set to go on display, the company revealed.

The project has an installed recycling capacity of approximately 60,000 tonnes of post-consumer PET per year, according to the group.

“This project takes concrete form in the T2T r-PET strategy,” it said, “with the acronym standing for ‘tray to tray’ in recycled PET, i.e. r-PET trays produced by recycling other r-PET or post-consumer PET trays.”

The group will also promote its EcoDesign Reduce project, reducing the use of plastics by reducing packaging thickness and weight without compromising performance, safety or convenience, as well as lighter versions of various models of clamshell SetB33 punnets and the heat-sealable punnet B40.

“In addition, the company will be highlighting its active Life+ bioactive packaging, which has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, meaning it can extend the shelf-life of fresh, packaged fruit by up to 48 hours more than equivalent, non-active packaging,” Ilip stated. “And this system can be applied to all types of solutions (top seals, clam shell, flow pack and stretch film), using natural-origin substances declared GRAS and compliant with European and national regulations on ‘food additives, flavourings used in food products’.”

Sales director Nicola Ballini commented: “We are very proud to be back in Madrid, unveiling the projects in which we invest most, and which best embrace our philosophy of sustainability. Our booth is ready to welcome all our customers and visitors who, just like us, want to make a real commitment to a proper circular economy.”