The new packaging solution serves as an alternative to traditional PE and polylactic acid coated products

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The new single-use foodservice packaging allows easy recycling. (Credit: Graphic Packaging International, LLC)

Graphic Packaging Holding has introduced a new non-polyethylene (PE) coated and single-use foodservice packaging solution called OptiCycle.

Designed to serve as an alternative to traditional PE and polylactic acid (PLA) coated products, the OptiCycle is claimed to be the first packaging solution of its kind to be commercialised by a domestic supplier in North America.

The new single-use foodservice packaging allows easy recycling through separating liquid barrier coating from the paper.

According to the company, around 98% of the fibre is recovered when OptiCycle is repulped, thereby helping to use the complete cup to make other paper products.

Graphic Packaging president and CEO Michael Doss said: “Paper cups made with renewable fibre are a great on-the-go beverage option for brands and consumers.

“OptiCycle’s advanced coating technology is water-based, requires less coating material and increases the amount of fiber that can be recovered when it is recycled.”

Graphic Packaging stated that the development of an advanced technology is in line with the firm’s Vision 2025 and it is leveraging sustainability profile to generate new packaging solutions that minimise environmental impact.

Graphic Packaging global innovation and new business development senior vice president Ricardo De Genova said: “Sustainability is at the center of our innovation efforts at Graphic Packaging.

“With OptiCycle, we are taking another step in the journey for a better planet, enabling customers to achieve their sustainability goals, and helping them feel even better about fiber-based packaging as an alternative to plastics.”

In June this year, Graphic Packaging expanded its PaperSeal tray range with the introduction of a new dual-ovenable PaperSeal Cook tray.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the firm offers sustainable fibre-based packaging solutions to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer products companies.