In the rapidly evolving world of flexible packaging, the twin spectres of regulatory changes and environmental sustainability are reshaping industry practices. As the EU steers towards comprehensive packaging sustainability through its revised Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, aiming for all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2030, UK’s packaging industry, spearheaded by innovators like Skymark and InterFlex, is rising to the challenge​​.

The UK’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its improved recycling rates, with packaging waste recycling increasing from 59.2% in 2014 to 63.2% in 2021. This progress is catalysed by the UK’s Plastic Packaging Tax, aimed at encouraging the use of recycled plastic, thus promoting a circular economy​​. Skymark and InterFlex, as pioneers in the field, are responding proactively to these regulatory and environmental imperatives with several key innovations:

  1. Elevating Recycled Content in Personal Care Packaging: Skymark has significantly increased the recycled content for SKYMAX in its personal care products, notably achieving 55% recycled content in tissue overwrap and 30% in both PE and PP laminate structures for wet wipes with our SKYMONO range. This not only aligns with global sustainability trends but also sets a precedent in the personal care sector, demonstrating the feasibility of high recycled content in sensitive product categories.
  2. Expanding Paper-Based Product Portfolio: In a bold move towards sustainable alternatives, our expanded range of paper products, such as twist wraps for premium confectionery, is replacing traditional plastic and aluminium wrappers. This initiative responds to consumer demands for eco-friendly packaging and showcases paper as a viable, premium substitute for traditional materials.
  3. Innovating with High Barrier Paper Structures: Catering to a diverse range of sectors including confectionery, cosmetics, and various food products, InterFlex high barrier paper structures address one of the sustainable packaging’s biggest challenges – maintaining product integrity. These structures provide effective alternatives to traditional packaging materials while ensuring product quality and shelf life, whilst being kerbside recyclable.
  4. Optimising Efficiency with Ultra Low SIT: Our increased production of Ultra Low Seal Initiation Temperature (SIT) packaging material PE and CPP – SKYLENE, enhances manufacturing efficiency and reduces energy consumption. This innovation exemplifies how operational efficiency and environmental sustainability can be synergistically aligned.

These innovations reflect a commitment to not just comply with regulatory demands but to lead the way in sustainable packaging solutions. Skymark and InterFlex are setting industry benchmarks, demonstrating that environmental responsibility and commercial viability can coexist harmoniously.

The future of flexible packaging is clearly trending towards sustainability and innovation. The strides made by Skymark and InterFlex serve as a blueprint for the industry, proving that proactive adaptation to regulatory changes and a steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship are not just ethical choices, but savvy business strategies.

In conclusion, as we navigate the transformative landscape of flexible packaging, Skymark and InterFlex stand at the forefront, blending innovation with sustainability. Our journey thus far illustrates our dedication to crafting solutions that not only meet the highest environmental standards but also deliver on quality and efficiency. As we look ahead to 2024, we invite you to join us in this exciting evolution.

Collaborating with our team offers a unique opportunity to tailor and personalise packaging solutions that resonate with your brand values and market demands. Reach out to us, and let’s explore how we can work together to bring innovative, sustainable products to the market, paving the way for a greener, more responsible future in packaging. Together, let’s shape a sustainable tomorrow.