Fibre-based consumer packaging producer Graphic Packaging International (GPI) has partnered with Swedish healthy eating outlet Picadeli to develop a new range of plastic-free paperboard lids for its paper-based salad bowls. Picadeli products are available across Europe and the US.
GPI has solved a long-standing conundrum, developing a fibre-based lid that seals securely to replace the plastic solutions currently in wide use.
Picadeli says because the new paperboard lids perform well, they can replace its entire line of plastic lids, eliminating another 250 metric tonnes of plastic from its supply chain every year. The new lids are recyclable in household paper waste streams and are made from renewable plant-based fibre sourced from sustainably managed forests, the company says.
The new lids also offer a secure snap closure system, which Picadeli says are an upgrade on the performance of its previous solution. Graphic Packaging also optimised the design to ensure it remained rigid in chilled and moisture-rich environments.
“Everything we do, we do for our customers, and so it’s always pleasing to develop innovations that deliver on our customers’ expectations so emphatically,” said Åke Larsson, managing director of Graphic Packaging Tibro AB – the site involved in designing and producing the innovation. “The new lids offer the functionality required for Picadeli to eliminate plastic salad bowl lids from their supply chain. They also offer great branding benefits via high-quality printing onto the lid using water-based inks.”
“We’re honoured to play a part in the sustainability efforts of brands like Picadeli,” continued Larsson. “Only by developing truly excellent fibre-based packaging can we help to make a difference to our planet, and it’s a challenge that everyone at Graphic Packaging is proud to rise to.”
Welcoming the partnership, Henrik Åkerman, head of sourcing and supply chain at Picadeli said, “We value the health of our planet as much as we value healthy eating. We are committed to preserving as many of our planet’s precious resources as possible, while also producing high-quality, functional packaging for our consumers to enjoy. With that in mind, we are delighted to introduce this new lid to our packaging. It fulfills all our needs and helps us reduce the amount of plastic in our portfolio, in line with modern consumer demands.”