Radnor Hills’ sustainable solution to shrink wrapped bottled

Leading spring water and beverage supplier Radnor Hills was established in 1999 and began by packing mineral water into cuplets for the airline industry. In 1995 the business installed its first bottling line and began its journey in providing a wide range of products in plastic, glass and tetra cartons. Including its very own pure spring water, fruit juices, flavoured water, healthy children’s drinks and premium adult presses.

Central to the business is the belief to create products that look and particularly taste better than those of its competitors. 2018 saw the 8th production line installed increasing capacity to produce around 400 million bottles a year.

Challenge

To ensure Radnor Hills was fully compliant with the latest government proposals for plastic packaging the company was looking for a more sustainable shrink-wrap solution for its multi-packed bottled water that included recycled content and was fully recyclable

Solution

Working with RPC bpi protec, an industry leading manufacturer of printed and unprinted flexible plastic packaging, Radnor Hills was able to source a new highly sustainable shrink film called X-EnviroShrink.

X-EnviroShrink is comparable to virgin polymer-based shrink film in its performance and function. It is manufactured using the ‘Sustane’ recycled polymer and with its ultra-low carbon footprint this enables X-EnviroShrink to set a new standard in shrink film technology, combining recycled content with full recyclability.

Sustane is a, high performance polymer grade that contains in excess of 50% post-consumer and post-industrial recyclate collected from the waste stream and is manufactured in the UK by RPC bpi recycled products.

Outcome

Radnor Hills’ decision to adopt X-EnviroShrink for its shrink-wrapped cases of bottled waters is the latest move by the business to meet its commitment to protect the local and global environment. The bottled water plastic packaging now includes recycled content and is 100% recyclable after use whilst still delivering on protection, functionality and cost-effectiveness – all equally essential for bottled water.

William Watkins, Managing Director at Radnor Hills said “When RPC bpi protec approached us with X-EnviroShrink, the ability to integrate further recycled content into our packaging solutions was extremely appealing and we are delighted with the results and the improvements it has made to our sustainability strategies.”

www.radnorhills.co.uk

www.bpi-protec.com

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