Flexcon (Spencer, MA) has downgauged its ThinFlex film for supporting cost and sustainability concerns. The ThinFlex PP 160 HC TC-332 film offers a reduction by 20 percent from 2ml to 1.6ml, and also features a reduced and recyclable Tracrite 92 liner. The .92ml PET liner provides a reduction of 8 to 24 percent, depending on the current liner used, says Rick Harris, product manager, product branding business team.
A benign adhesive is available that is designed to work in the chipped PET container recycle process. Flexcon works directly with third party recyclers who will assist printers and brand owners in developing programs to collect and reuse the materials, Harris adds.
“This is the thinnest construction available for a “no-label” look application. These changes offer cost-effective and greener material reductions, while maintaining high performance capabilities required for prime label applications (including for OTC packaging and vials),” Harris says.
As an alternative to direct screen printing on the container using only one or two colors, the film supports the upscale label graphics that OTC packagers are favoring for commanding greater shelf presence, he adds.