A plastic clip that can reseal cartons to keep food fresh has won a special award for innovation.
Austrian company Greiner Packaging’s Frische-Clip (fresh clip), produced by injection moulding, allows a plate element made of plastic, cardboard, or aluminium to be attached to the sealing surface. When removed, creases in the packaging enable the consumer to clip the opening together.
“The plastic fresh clip allows the user to reseal a carton after it has been opened. This keeps cereal, muesli, and similar foods fresh for longer, actively helping to prevent food waste,” Greiner said.
“The combination of cardboard and plastic means usage of both materials is reduced to a minimum. At the same time, the solution ensures that the contents are given optimum protection against moisture, pests, and spoilage.”
According to the manufacturer, the clip is easy to use as well as being visually attractive. “The contents of the carton can be accessed by simply pulling off the plate element. To seal the packaging again, the two grips on the sides are pressed together until the clicking sound is heard,” the company said.
“The packaging’s gape-like opening is also an aid to dispensing and pouring out the contents.”
Greiner was recognised for its design at Austria’s Österreichischer Verpackungstag packaging awards, which featured 60 entries in five categories.