Data Sheets

Sustainability and Recycling

Sustainability Policy

Selig actively pursues a balance between economic growth and responsibility to our employees, customers, the community and the environment. To accomplish this, we focus on the 5 Rs of Sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replenish and Rethink. These principles of sustainability are applied across Selig’s global organization in support of Selig’s basic responsibilities to people and the planet.

Selig is engaged in sustainable development through:

  • Establishing annual targets for injury elimination, recycling improvement, waste and emissions reduction and energy saving that are supported by continuous improvement projects.
  • Supporting product development initiatives that foster material reduction and recycling.
  • Working with our customers and suppliers to educate, promote and apply sustainable practices throughout the supply chain.

Induction Sealing & Light-weighting

With induction sealing comes numerous benefits to your sustainability efforts, and if you're not using an induction seal, it's possible you are missing an opportunity to further light-weight your packaging.

Reducing the amount of material needed in your packages is great for the environment but not always for you product. Reducing the weight of the container or closure, or both can result in a loss of rigidity, and make it almost impossible to successfully achieve a good seal from the closure alone. Removing the tamper band also doesn't come without risk; tamper evidence is lost and the consumer is left without any means to judge the safety of the product they are purchasing.

Only with the use of induction foils can you reduce closure and container material, including the tamper band, and still be 100% confident you will have a package that provides a hermetic seal, ensures product freshness, and gives consumers peace of mind when opening the package.

Recyclable Lining Materials

As with all materials, each consumer should check with their local municipal recycling company to determine what is recyclable. However, in most systems, single material liners, such as pulp or foam primary reseal liners are recyclable. Selig’s Uni-Foam™, Uni-Foam US™, and C25 foam primary reseal liners are generally accepted in most recycling systems. Selig’s un-faced pulp reseal liner is also generally considered recyclable in systems that collect paper and cardboard.

European Recycling Trial

Selig's Lift 'n' Peel™ 'R' liner was trialed in recyclability tests replicatingthe recycling stream used by PET recyclers in Europe, conducted by C.O.T.R.E.P., a collaborative organization of fillers, packers, and PET bottle manufacturers. After a two year period, C.O.T.R.E.P. came back with the following statement:

"Consequently C.O.T.R.E.P. is favorable to the use of this type of seal, which, in the current state of equipment and technology used and available in Europe, helps to improve the recyclability of PET household plastic waste collected in France."

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