Tokyo – January 27, 2021 – Toppan Printing (Toppan) (TYO: 7911), a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has successfully collaborated with Unilever Japan on quality tests resulting in the adoption of mono-material flexible packaging for “Lux Luminique Sachet Set Limited Design,” which is due to go on sale in Japan from April this year.
With the problem of plastic waste receiving significant attention, demand for more eco-friendly packaging continues to increase, and companies around the world are taking various measures focused on targets for better circulation of plastic resources used for packaging and containers. Unilever has announced global commitments for a waste-free world, aiming to halve its use of virgin plastic; help collect and process more plastic than it sells; and ensure that 100% of plastic packaging is designed to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable. Unilever is transforming its approach to plastic packing through its ‘Less plastic. Better plastic. No plastic.’ framework and making progress around the world.
Toppan provides solutions to global companies addressing environmental issues such as global warming and plastic waste. “SUSTAINABLE-VALUE™ Packaging” was recently launched as part of the “TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging” brand, which targets added value for society and fulfilling living. The SUSTAINABLE-VALUE™ Packaging range includes more readily recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mono-material flexible packaging for individual packages. By fully leveraging vapor deposition and coating technologies accumulated over 30 years as a global leader in the manufacture of transparent barrier films, Toppan has now worked with Unilever Japan to achieve a switch to mono-material composition for individual packages for liquid toiletry products.
Conventional individual packages combine a PET substrate with materials such as aluminum and polyethylene. Toppan’s mono-material packaging uses a PET-based grade of GL FILM, a market-leading vapor-deposited transparent barrier film from the GL BARRIER range, and combines it with PET sealant. The manufacturing method and material composition ensure outstanding oxygen and water vapor barrier performance, provide low adsorption to prevent loss of aroma and quality, and make it possible to prevent reduction of product weight during storage over long periods. The use of a single material improves recyclability, and the absence of aluminum film enables a reduction of roughly 25% in CO2 emissions during packaging manufacture.
“We’re delighted that Unilever Japan has chosen Toppan’s mono-material flexible packaging for these new products,” said Yoshimitsu Anamizu, Managing Executive Officer of Toppan’s Living & Industry Division. “We continue to work on developing more readily recyclable and eco-friendly solutions for diverse packaging contents and aim to contribute to the growth of our customers’ businesses and a sustainable society by expanding the TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging range.”
About TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging
Solutions that function as a medium for communication to maximize the customer experience. Toppan provides optimal value for various aspects of everyday life, enabling smooth purchasing, efficient storage, preparation of tasty food, easy disposal, safety, peace of mind, and more.
Packaging and services generating value that helps to sustain business activities by enhancing efficiency in the supply chain, raising productivity, optimizing sales, and providing solutions to wide-ranging challenges.
Solutions that help drive reduction of environmental impact and create a circular economy. Toppan offers packaging using recycled plastic, mono-material packaging that enhances recyclability, and packaging using plant-derived materials such as paper and biomass plastic.
About GL BARRIER
GL BARRIER is Toppan’s range of transparent films providing world-class barrier performance. The multilayer structure of GL BARRIER films combines unique coating and vapor-deposited layers to enable outstanding, stable barrier performance relied upon for a wide range of items in the food, medical, pharmaceutical, and industrial materials sectors. Films in the GL BARRIER range include PRIME BARRIER, for products with superior functionality and added value, FRESHLIGHT, for simple barrier packaging, and GL FILM, for diverse applications from fast-moving consumer goods to industrial materials.
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Toppan is a leading global provider of integrated solutions in the fields of printing, communications, security, packaging, décor materials, electronics, and digital transformation. Serving customers in every sector of business and industry, Toppan’s global team of more than 50,000 employees offers optimal solutions enabled by industry-leading expertise and technologies to address the diverse challenges that businesses and society face in today’s rapidly changing market.
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