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Quinn launches food-grade PET packaging made from 100% recycled material

Orbital™ by Quinn is a food packaging solution produced using 100% recycled PET material, eliminating the non-recycled plastic found in the majority of PET food packaging. Orbital is certified by the European Food Safety Authority as fully suitable for food packaging applications.

Traditionally, PET food packaging was manufactured using a combination of virgin PET polymer and recycled PET material. The virgin PET polymer was used in the outer layers of the packaging for food safety purposes, ensuring the food did not meet the recycled PET material

Quinn Packaging are producing recycled PET packaging which is safe and fully suitable for food contact, eliminating the need for the layer of virgin polymer for food protection. This is due to the PET extrusion systems at Quinn Packaging, namely the patented Vacurema recycling system from Erema. This system allows the use of non-food grade recycled post-consumer PET material to make food grade PET sheet. Eliminating the requirement for virgin PET has allowed Quinn to manufacture food grade PET packaging made from 100% recycled material, Orbital™ by Quinn.

The sophisticated Vacurema recycling system is fully integrated with Quinn Packaging’s extrusion lines, enabling all functions, including decontamination, to be performed in one process and producing 100% recycled food grade sheet with stable viscosity in a much more efficient process.

Orbital™ by Quinn allows retailers to offer sustainable packaging solutions with 100% recycled content and is part of Quinn Packaging’s suite of innovative products which have been developed to tackle some of the issues with the recyclability of plastic packaging and move towards a true circular economy.

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