Sustainable vacuum bag from allfo that is 100% recyclable
It’s new, it’s sustainable, it’s fully recyclable: VAC 95+ is the name of the new innovative vacuum bag from allfo, Germany, that brings a plus in sustainability to the retail trade and thus revolutionizes processes in the food and packaging industry. Like no other vacuum bag, the new VAC 95+ combines outstanding barrier properties with great performance in product presentation and the best environmental compatibility.
The innovation consists of more than 95 percent polypropylene (PP) and a thin high barrier. Therefore, the name VAC 95+, too. In contrast to the original combination of polyethylene (PE) and polyamide (PA), PP can be easily recycled material-based. The innovative PP bags with a thin high barrier can be identified and sorted out in modern sorting facilities and then be reprocessed into high-purity recyclates. These can then be used to manufacture new products.
The excellent recyclability has now also been officially confirmed: For the latest PP bag generation, allfo, the European market leader for high-quality vacuum packaging, received EU-wide certification from the cyclos-HTP institute in the category “recycling class AAA”. allfo is thus the first and only manufacturer of vacuum bags to receive the highest recyclability class for its product.
“With the VAC 95+, we’ve hit the nail on the head and are offering an innovative and sustainable solution just at the right time. Because the pressure on food producers and the packaging industry is becoming ever greater. More than ever before, ecological alternatives to the conventional vacuum bags in PA/PE are being sought. With our VAC 95+, we deliver exactly this alternative that is also expected by consumers at the point of sale” explained Harald Gessinger. The plus in sustainability is visible to everyone – namely via the imprint “100 % recyclable”. So, the recyclability is immediately visible at a glance for every user and consumer. VAC 95+ was developed in the company’s own laboratory and application technology centre located in Germany.
The sustainable product protection is as effective as ever. It has even better barrier properties than the classic PA/PE vacuum bags and keeps food fresh and appetizing to the highest degree. The high barrier properties protect the packed products against water vapour (H2O) and oxygen (O2) and thus ensure a long shelf-life of foodstuffs and other sensitive products. Due to its very good sealability, the VAC 95+ can be used on all common vacuum chamber machines. This makes it the ideal environmentally friendly bag for sensitive foods such as meat, sausage, fish or seafood. But cheese, potatoes, ready-to-eat meals and vegetables also stay fresh longer in the VAC 95+ and are safely protected from spoilage during transport and on the sales shelves. The hygienic preservation of foodstuffs is ensured by the tight fit of the vacuum bags on the product as well as the stable gas and oxygen barrier.
With VAC95+, the company allfo achieves the recycling rate
The innovation from allfo helps companies achieve the recycling quota required by the EU. The European Packaging Directive (94/62/EC), already published in 2018, affects all member states and requires a recycling quota of 50 percent for plastics within the next five years. By the end of 2030, the quota is expected to rise even further – in fact, to 55 percent. The European Commission even speaks out in favour of all plastic packaging on the EU market being recyclable by this point in time.
“In Germany, these stricter requirements already apply. Our national packaging law currently requires a recycling rate of 58.5 percent for plastics, and from 2022 this must be as high as 63 percent. With our VAC 95+ produced in Germany, companies can achieve the required high recycling rates – today and in the future,” says Gessinger.
Vacuum bags for a reduced CO2 footprint
Not only its recyclable materials but also the high level of quality of the PP bag are of benefit to the environment. Because the CO2 footprint that occurs during food production is significantly higher than that in the manufacturing process of the vacuum bags. Thus, every vacuum bag provides the foodstuff with protection against spoiling, a contribution to greater sustainability. Even more environmentally friendly if the product protection can also be completely recycled, as with the latest innovation from allfo.
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