The Blister Pack Collective is intended for pharma, consumer health and FMCG industries to minimise the use of plastics for over-the-counter and prescription drugs and vitamins
Swedish R&D and IP company PulPac and consultancy firm PA Consulting have unveiled a new Blister Pack Collective to launch the world’s first Dry Moulded Fibre tablet packs.
The Blister Pack Collective is intended for pharma, consumer health and FMCG industries to minimise the use of plastics for over-the-counter and prescription drugs and vitamins.
The new Collective will use PulPac’s technology to produce a recyclable and sustainable fibre alternative with minimal use of plastic to traditional non-recyclable PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) blister packs.
PulPac said that the Blister Pack Collective seeks to reduce the usage of 100,000 tonnes of plastic used in medicine packaging every year, through the technology.
PA Consulting Dry Moulded Fibre Technical Lead and Sustainable Materials expert Philip Fawcus said: “PulPac’s Dry Moulded Fibre technology combined with the ingenious PA team has allowed the shapes, functions and features of current plastic blister packs to be translated into cellulose – a huge step for the industry as they seek sustainable packaging options.”
The Swedish manufacturing technology firm said that Dry Moulded Fibre creates fibre-based packaging that is both affordable and high-performing by using renewable pulp and cellulose resources.
The manufacturing process uses less CO2 and almost no water to create tablet arrays that match the design and tablet count of commodity PVC. It can be used as a scalable solution for pharma and consumer healthcare companies.
PulPac chief commercial officer Sanna Fager said: “The innovative tablet blister packs designed by the PA team demonstrates a viable fibre-based concept of a circular solution in cellulose that can solve a global challenge.
“Leveraging the benefits of our Dry Moulded Fibre technology – instead of single-use PVC – these packs would be circular in paper streams and still be functional, scalable, but most importantly affordable.
“Industry players that seek to be a force for sustainable change in the packaging industry are very welcome to join the collective in support of this transition to sustainability with rapid adoption and global impact.”