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Lighter packaging From January 09 newsletter

Lighter packaging for food

Researchers at Campden BRI and the University of Bath are leading a half-million pound project to create a new high speed environmentally-friendly packaging process that will use recycled materials and reduce the amount of plastic used. The project focuses on improving the "form-fill and seal" type of packaging, used for products such as rice, pasta and crisps. By designing a more efficient way of sealing the packaging, the project could help reduce the amount of material used by around 13%, saving an estimated 39,000 tonnes per year of landfill waste.

The project consortium also includes HayssenSandiacre Europe, Amcor Ltd and United Biscuits with funding by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Contact: Alan Campbell
+44(0)1386 842081