PVC-free Heat seal Coatings for Coffee Capsules

Improved recyclability – same performance

Thanks to their excellent barrier properties, aluminum coffee capsules optimally protect the coffee powder from external influences and thus ensure that the full aroma of the coffee is retained for a long time. While the small capsules score points primarily because they offer quick enjoyment and can be portioned as needed, they also bring with them a number of ecological challenges. Brand owners are therefore under increasing pressure to find new ways to make their packaging more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The ability to recycle and keep the end product in the loop is crucial – as is the implementation of sustainable production processes throughout the value chain.

With our PVC-free heat seal coatings, we can contribute to improving the recyclability of aluminum coffee capsules.

We believe that our products will become the industry standard in the future and set the bar for responsibly produced packaging.

Stefan Brandhoff

Vice President of Sales Flexible Packaging EMEA

Do you have any questions? Contact us and we will be happy to advise you on your individual requirements.

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More sustainability through PVC-free systems for coffee capsules

PVC is not only a controversial issue in the packaging industry. Aluminum coffee capsules covered with coatings containing PVC are difficult to recycle, as combustion of the halogen-containing coating produces substances that can be associated with environmental damage. Complex and costly recycling processes with additional filter systems are required. In addition, legal restrictions on the use of PVC are already on the horizon in Europe.

Our ACTEseal® heat seal coatings do not contain PVC and therefore not only improve the recyclability of coffee capsules but can also help increase the use of circular materials in packaging due to their adhesion to recycled aluminum.

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Advantages for brand owners

  • More sustainability through improved recyclability
  • Reduction of CO2 footprint: around 93% less CO2 emissions when using recycled aluminum1
  • Proactive consideration of expected regulatory restrictions in Europe for the use of PVC
  • Meeting the highest standards for food safety (FDA, China Compliance)
  • Processing on existing production lines possible
10.5 kg CO2 e/kg Al (aluminum recycled in Europe) vs. 6.7 kg CO2 e/kg Al (primary aluminum produced in Europe)

Food Safety

Reliable protection of consumer health is our top priority. That's why we conscientiously test the safety of the raw materials we use and, as a matter of principle, only use materials that have been proven to comply with standard market food regulations (including FDA and EU regulations). To meet not only current but also future market requirements, we are continuously developing our products.

Product properties of ACTEseal® heat seal coatings

  • Excellent sealing seam strength even under the pressure of the brewing process
  • High burst pressure in the stress test
  • Low migration, suitable for direct food contact
  • Protection of the coffee aroma from external influences such as oxygen, light and moisture
  • Highest flexibility and formability
  • Low odor and colorless

Advantages for converters

  • No special/additional equipment necessary (processing on existing machines)
  • Technical advice on the optimum setting of application parameters ensures the highest quality standards
  • Worldwide availability
  • Everything from a single source: in addition to heat seal coatings for interior coating, we also offer a broad portfolio of primers, base coats, print and overprint varnishes for the exterior of coffee capsules

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