Klöckner Pentaplast creates tray made from trays

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Packaging producer Klöckner Pentaplast has launched a closed-loop food packaging tray.

The London-based firm said its product was the first to be composed purely from recycled tray material.

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Klöckner Pentaplast’s KP Tray2Tray initiative uses PET flakes to recreate the packaging in its original format.

“As a bold innovator, we are thrilled to introduce the first 100 per cent recycled PET tray to the market,” said the company’s president of food packaging Thomas Kure Jakobsen.

“This achievement is a major breakthrough in the packaging industry, and perfectly demonstrates what is possible with the right combination of expertise and technology.”

Jakobsen said most recycled PET came from plastic bottles, about a third of which went into food packaging trays, often never to be recovered.

KP Tray2Tray challenges this waste by creating a closed-loop system, he added.

“We work with suppliers to create a separate supply stream of recycled PET from trays, which can be used to create more of the same, rather than being downcycled.”