Sustainable packaging solutions require a full-picture approach.

ROVEMA is looking towards the future. It might be easy for some packaging machine builders to cheer from the sidelines, leaving all of the work to the film suppliers and you- the producer.

Sustainable packaging is so much more than just the recycle-readiness of your packaging material. While recyclability is a popular buzzword and an important factor, there are many other considerations that go into a well rounded ESG program.

For example, sustainable packaging can be made from plant based renewable resources, such as bamboo or cornstarch, rather than non-renewable resources like petroleum-based plastics. This not only reduces our reliance on fossil fuels but also ensures that the packaging materials are biodegradable or compostable.

Another important factor is the carbon footprint of the packaging. Sustainable packaging can be designed to minimize transportation costs and energy consumption during production, reducing the overall carbon footprint of the product.

Sustainable packaging can also be designed to reduce waste in other ways, such as by using minimal packaging materials or by designing packaging that can be reused or repurposed. For example, some companies are now using biodegradable or compostable packaging that can be used as planters or other household items after its original use.

Ultimately, sustainable packaging is about more than just recyclability. It's about designing packaging that is mindful of the entire lifecycle of a product, from production to disposal, and that minimizes its impact on the environment. By choosing sustainable packaging solutions, we can all play a role in creating a healthier planet for future generations.

It has never been more important to do our part in helping our markets pursue sustainability in packaging. With our solutions, a sustainable packaging strategy is possible for our customers. 

Through the use of our innovative technologies, our customers have reduced material usage, scrap rate, and overall input costs.

ROVEMA is intentional about building equipment with technologies that enable and empower packaged good producers to use renewable packaging materials, reduce energy consumption and optimize package volumes.

Your packaging machinery has the potential to have rippling positive effects throughout your supply chain to help you excel in sustainability scorecard assessments and satisfy your customers. 


Supply Chain Ripple Effect Of The Right Solution

Your packaging should be attractive and compelling at the point of sale, with a package quality that satisfies your customers and keeps them coming back for more.

Not only do ROVEMA vertical form fill and seal machines help you check this box, but they also have cascading effects on your supply chain efficiency.

Our filling and sealing technologies allow customers to use up to 15% less packaging materials compared to bagging the same net weight of product on competitor machinery. 

And by using less packaging and having less void space in each unit, that means up to 8% smaller package and transport volumes as well, allowing many to fit more product on each freight load. 


Options To Help CPG Manufacturers Keep Up With Consumer Expectations

Paper Packaging Options for Food Products

For years we've helped companies experiment and innovate with VFFS materials and package options. Lately, we've received more requests for packaging with paper.

Rovema Paper Packaging for VFFS

Manufacturers have to balance production realities against evolving consumer expectations, and paper packaging may help to achieve that.

This white paper covers common questions including: 

  • Sustainable definitions including biodegradable and compostable
  • Paper packaging considerations
  • Retrofitting VFFS machines to run paper
  • Highlight shelf ready packaging success stories

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VFFS Machines Support Sustainable Packaging Films

There are a handful of tactics we take to ensure the success of a customer's sustainable packaging strategy. Our patented sealing technology Premium Seal® produces the strongest, safest package seals in the industry. The flexibility of the sealing parameters allows producers to confidently run:

  • Recyclable Packaging
  • Thinner Films
  • Recycled Materials
  • Biodegradable and Compostable Packaging Materials
  • Paper as FSC-Certified Packaging Material
  • Biopolymers

This sealing technology also allows customers to use narrower vertical and horizontal seals and reduce the headspace in the package. The seal jaws on the BVC family of VFFS machines have a product stripping feature that helps to make the product more compact before sealing. 

Safe Sustainable Packaging = Safe Food

At the end of the day, flexible package durability and safety are our number one priority when evaluating sustainable films and engineering our machines to run them.

In our experience, sustainable packaging strategies fail when the packages can't offer the same seal integrity, barrier properties, and shelf life. This results in more product loss through the supply chain. Product quality must be protected, especially for perishables.

Maintaining a product's freshness throughout its lifecycle after production, combined with modern and efficient packaging processes, drastically reduces product loss and saves on the packaging material resources. Plus, the added reclosure features like zippers, aid to keep the product fresh once initially opened, helping consumers to prevent food waste. 

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Designing Machines for Low Energy Consumption

We understand that at the end of the day, the largest contributors to your sustainable packaging efforts revolve around cutting material usage, reducing product loss, using sustainable materials, and increasing freighting efficiency.

Your packaging machinery doesn't have the same impact on your utility bills as other factors like A/C and lighting but that doesn't mean that incremental packaging machinery utility savings aren't worth discussing.

They add up to a large impact over the full life of your machinery. 

ROVEMA equipment is built with green technologies such as:

  • Efficient drives and low-loss transmissions
  • Energy-optimized movements
  • Reduced mass
  • Energy recovery systems
  • Up to 35 % less air and power consumption
  • Sealing with up to 25 % less energy


Flexible Liquid Packaging Solutions and Overall Material Reduction

In the past, packaging capabilities for liquid products were limited to rigid materials like glass, high-density polyethylene plastics, and metal. Only in recent years have flexible packaging technologies made it possible for producers in the liquid packaging space to switch to liquid pouches reliably, and it's taking this industry by storm because of huge cost saving benefits like:

  • 75% packaging savings when switching from cans to flexible pouches
  • Drastically reduce production floor space needed when using VFFS machines instead of canning or jarring lines. 
  • Drastically reduce freight costs both to the plant as empties and when shipping to retailers, often allowing you to get substantially more finished product on a freight load. 

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