Charpak are innovating with new materials and packaging technologies to ensure wherever feasible packaging is made from recycled plastics, is recyclable, and is widely recycled. The company applies the Recyclability for Design Guidelines, is an active member of RECOUP and a Founding Member of The UK Plastics Pact.


The company is passionate about eliminating problem plastics, reducing plastics waste, reusing existing resources and recycling materials for re-manufacture into new packaging and products.


  • Over 95% of Charpak packaging contains a minimum of 70% recycled material. 
  • By the end of 2019 over 90% of the product portfolio will be widely recycled. Reusable and recyclable packaging
  • Charpak mark all* manufactured products with the correct plastics recycling symbol to aid recycling (*with the exception of lids)
  • Charpak offer circular economy UK-sourced, and closed loop recycled materials – with 100% traceability.
  • Charpak can control the product quality based on our clients’ specifications and quality of plastic required
  • Charpak’s PET packaging contains 50% PCW (post consumer waste) and up to 40% PIW (post industrial waste).


Charpak manufacture packaging using primarily recycled PET (polyethylene). PP and HIPS are available.


Charpak is a PVC FREE company. Flocked materials are available on client request.  


Find out more on our PET Explained page or visit our FAQs.  


Plastic polymer material types are explained further below, with their common uses.

PET Polyethylene Terephthalate


PET forms the basis for the following types of plastics: rPET APET CPET Bio-PET.  For more information on Charpak’s PET packaging click here

PROPERTIES: PET is a clear, tough plastic, providing solvent resistant barrier to gas and moisture. PET softens at 80° and is best used for ambient and chilled products in food and non-food packaging.  PET is highly durable and lightweight.


PET is Widely recycled


CHARPAK PRODUCTS: Food packaging, pots, tubs and containers,  healthcare packaging, transit trays, plastic trays, presentation packaging, lids, automotive trays, in-process protective packaging, electronics and electrical packaging, SOT trays, food-to-go packaging, snack pots, salad trays, meat trays, cake packaging, clam packs, blister packs and more.

Recycle rPET plastic packaging

PP Polypropylene


PROPERTIES: PP is a hard and flexible material and with a waxy surface. PP softens at 140°C and offers high performance capabilities, particularly for food packaging. PP is recyclable but is not widely recycled in UK kerbside household collections.


CHARPAK PRODUCTS: Moulds and microwaveable products

PS Polystyrene


PROPERTIES: PS is lightweight packaging material and provides good water resistance and durability.  PS is hard, stiff, transparent and brittle. PS helps keep dry and wet food products fresher for longer minimising food waste.


Easily thermoformable into multiple shapes, PS is available in a variety of thickness of micron.  Whilst technically recyclable PS is not widely collected in UK household kerbside collections. 


CHARPAK PRODUCTS: Tearable moulds, confectionery trays, and chocolate packaging

PVC Polyvinyl Chloride


PROPERTIES: PVC-P is plasticised PVC and is flexible, clear and elastic.  Charpak do not manufacture packaging from PVC.


Having phased out PVC over a period of time, and made recommendations to clients who previously used this material, Charpak has been PVC free since 2018.


As a non-environmentally acceptable product packaging material Charpak do not advocate the use of PVC.  For alternative material the Charpak Technical Packaging Experts can make recommendations to switch to alternative packaging materials which provide the same technical and functional benefits.

OTHER Often Polycarbonate or ABS


PROPERTIES: All other resins that are not classified in the categories 1-6 are referred to in this category.  The Other classification of plastic resin includes multi materials such as laminates and coated materials such as flocked plastics.


Properties are dependent on the particular plastic. Speak to the Charpak Technical Team for any materials that are required to be manufactured from Other plastics.  Commercially recyclable


USED FOR: Automotive and appliance components

Contact our technical experts, design engineers and packaging technologists on 01480 434 434 or to see how our award-winning team can help your business achieve its packaging and sustainability goals.

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