Sustainable Clear rPET rigid thermoformed plastic packaging

Changing the narrative from single use plastics to multi-use and multi-reuse packaging is the way forward


With plastic packaging at the top of the agenda with images of Oceans full of floating plastics we have to ensure that when we put products into plastic packaging we do so for the right reasons, using the right plastic. We also have to ensure we educate the consumer about why we use plastics, whether this is to prevent food waste by extending shelf life or transiting through the supply chain to ensure the product arrives in a saleable condition. However we should not lose sight that we all use packaging to sell our products. We are all in the business of selling more product so we should not look to change packaging just as a knee jerk reaction to anti-plastic sentiment, although we recognise that this is critical issue for the public.


In today’s market sustainability has to be at the heart of your packaging.  Sustainability is at the heart of what Charpak does. Charpak has been at the forefront of designing sustainable packaging for years, indeed it’s latest patented innovation, Twist-Loc, is designed as a replacement for a less sustainable piece of packaging.


Twist-Loc is an rPET Thermoformed container which can be used across ambient, chilled or frozen sectors, food and non-food products. This new innovative packaging replaces packaging which has historically been produced in Injection Moulded PP.


Twist-Loc meets retailer needs for security of product with integral tamper evidence – a first for a thermoformed pack – giving consumers security in the knowledge the food products are pristine for purchase. And, rather than a traditional clip on lid Twist-Loc ‘twists closed and locks’ which means it is reusable by the consumer, and is not a single use plastic container.


Twist-Loc is 100% recyclable, and, when the clear version is chosen, it is widely recycled. Containing 75% recycled content, including a minimum of 50% food grade recycled materials, it weighs less than the existing retail packaging. It can be manufactured either as a fully wrapped or labelled product, again aiding recycling. This addresses the sustainability challenge head on and solves a multitude of problems.


Charpak fully embraces the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy model, and the UK Plastics Pact. Charpak is developing a closed loop recycling scheme taking Kerbside Collected Waste, reprocessing this into recycled plastics sheet for reuse in our packaging. Leading by example, Charpak want to change the narrative from single use plastics to multi-use, and multi-reuse, by ensuring household collected bottles and trays and are reused again and again into the next generation of trays and containers. It is vital we create value in the recycle chain, and this is an innovative and collaborative solution to this issue.


Our aim is to ensure that all future Twist-Loc tubs are made from this circular source, alongside our many other innovative, imaginatively designed products on the market. It is crucial that solutions are not only environmentally friendly, they must also be scalable on a national and international basis.


Contact us today to talk to our materials experts, NPD team or packaging consultants about Twist-Loc or any other packaging needs.