The reduction of waste in general and plastic waste in particular is an important issue. The Indian government is responding to the problem and therefore adopted “Plastic Waste Management Rules” as early as in 2016. Among other things, the rules prescribe to scrap single-use plastic like pouches completely by 2022. Another part of the new regulations is the phasing out of multi-layered plastic, which is non-recyclable.
“We know about our responsibilities towards the industry, the end consumers and – first and foremost – towards the environment,” Alexander Baumgartner, CEO of Constantia Flexibles, said. “Thus, we are not only focusing on developing more environmentally friendly packaging, we also designed the first plant in the world dedicated to produce sustainable packaging only. The plant named Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad is located in Gujarat in India, which is the perfect market to implement such a forward-looking project.”
EcoLam is a lightweight mono-PE laminate suitable for a great variety of packaging applications. Due to its mono-material structure it is fully recyclable, and its carbon footprint is approximately 32% lower than that of comparable products. The EcoLam family comes in different barrier grades (EcoLam, EcoLamPlus, EcoLamHighPlus) to deliver the barrier needs for a diverse range of products.
After a construction time of more than two years, Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad started test runs in September 2019. The plant has an area of 24,500 square meters and currently there are 50 people working at the plant. The number is expected to triple by the second quarter of 2020.