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Charpak are innovating with new materials and packaging technologies to ensure wherever feasible packaging is made from recycled plastics, is recyclable, and can be widely recycled.

 

Our BRC / ISO 9001:2015 Certification guarantees you the highest hygiene, safety and cleanlinest standards.

 

Charpak is an active member of RECOUP and a Founding Member of The UK Plastics Pact.

We are 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. 
  • Over 90% of the product portfolio is widely recycled. We design and manufacture 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 primarily using recycled PET (polyethylene). Charpak packaging is design-led, Designed for Recyclability and Designed for the Circular Economy.

 

For more information about packaging materials, specific to your needs, you can find more information here

 

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 – Clear rPET

 

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. Contact us to find out more.

Recycle rPET plastic packaging

PET Polyethylene Terephthalate – Jazz / Coloured rPET

 

rPET Jazz / Coloured Plastics are Widely recycled. 

 

NEW for 2020: A new rPET solution can use recycled black plastic PET packaging, and remanufacture it, and other coloured plastics into new food grade recycled packaging.  The super-cleaned material can be used for 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.

 

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.

 

Developed in partnership with Charpak’s key supply chain partners, the new Satchmo solution is manufactured from a minimum 86% recycled rPET material.  Throughout all trials within the UK, the packaging has been recovered and is widely recycled.  Containing the important A/B/A layer for recycled plastics to ensure food grade use and recyclability, this new solution is designed for the circular economy.  It can reuse and replace black plastic packaging, it reuses coloured jazz plastic to reduce packaging waste, and provides a new solution for multiple industry sectors.

 

This new solution is super-cleaned, hygienic, reusable, recyclable, returnable and can be reprocessed and re-manufactured for new packaging for multiple sectors to achieve zero waste. Contact us to find out more.

Widely Recycled PET packaging for meat, fish and poultry

PET Polyethylene Terephthalate – rPET Flock

 

rPET Flock can be Widely recycled. 

 

NEW for 2020: A new rPET solution for the luxury packaging sector:  premium drinks; beauty, personal care and cosmetics.  We can provide this new packaging innovation which can replace non-recyclable ‘flock’ packaging with a new solution which can be recycled, unlike ever before.  This material is available to our customers on request.  Contact us to find out more.

 

CHARPAK PRODUCTS: For the luxury packaging sector:  perfume inserts, cosmetics and beauty products inserts, premium drinks and value added packaging inserts, seasonal products and other added value packaging inserts.

Widely Recycled rPET Flocked Material

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. PP natural can be widely recycled.  Unsuitable for reuse as food packaging, PP can be use for commercial and industrial packaging (such as paint pots).

 

CHARPAK PRODUCTS: Moulds and microwaveable products

 

Contact us to find out more.

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

 

Contact us to find out more.

PVC Polyvinyl Chloride

 

PROPERTIES: PVC-P is plasticised PVC and is flexible, clear and elastic.  Charpak do not manufacture packaging from PVC. Charpak has been PVC free since 2018.

 

Having phased out PVC over a period of time, and made recommendations to clients who previously used this material.

 

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 enquiries@charpak.co.uk to see how our award-winning team can help your business achieve its packaging and sustainability goals.

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