Commitment to sustainability

01.10.2020 Comexi (Girona, Spain), a specialist in solutions for the printing and converting industry, has reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability and the circular economy by joining CEFLEX (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging). This initiative is a collaboration of over 160 European companies, associations and organisations which represent the entire flexible packaging value chain.

Comexi has joined CEFLEX.
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Comexi has joined CEFLEX.

As an objective, the consortium aims at ensuring that all flexible packaging in Europe is based on a circular economy before 2025. The circular economy is based on the use of resources and the reduction of raw materials, the optimisation of materials and waste, and the use extension of material life. This model is committed to an environmentally friendly system that is based on prevention, reuse, repair and recycling, and extending the useful life of products, thus giving them a second life. "We fully identify with the principles that CEFLEX defends," says Diego Hervás, CEO of Comexi, who stresses that the company has unfailingly been committed to seeking solutions which respond to more sustainable solutions in the flexible packaging market.

Growing influence of sustainability and recycling

Comexi is aware that sustainability and recycling are gaining more and more interest and becoming more influential. The objective of a circular economy is no longer a vision, but a perfectly distinguishable reality. In reference to the tendency, end users want environmentally friendly solutions which include easily disposable materials. In respect to this, Comexi is committed to sustainable printing with the use of curable and water-based inks, thus improving the recyclability of packaging. Furthermore, Comexi has designed two new and specific technical lamination solutions which offer sustainable solutions without sacrificing any properties of existing materials and maintaining client demands. These solutions were created as a response to the two principal trends of sustainability: the use of mono-materials and the use of paper for low barrier applications.

Regarding mono-materials, successful efforts have been made to improve state-of-the-art solvent-free adhesive applications and optimise stress management. In reference to paper, the application of barrier coatings has been one of the primary focuses through the gravure carriage with a pressurised feeding system, being that it is especially designed for this type of application.

Circular economy for flexible packaging

CEFLEX was launched in 2017 within the framework of the Interpack show. Since this time, it has continued to grow and presently has brought together over 160 companies and organisations that represent the flexible packaging value chain: material producers; ink, coating and adhesive suppliers; film producers; flexible packaging converters; brand owners,, waste management companies; recyclers; extended producers responsibility organisations; and technology providers. Before the end of 2020, CEFLEX aspires to develop and implement a roadmap for flexible packaging based on sustainability and the circular economy, including design guidelines, added value, and resource efficiency, among others. This roadmap will be accessible to the members of the consortium, as well as anyone who is interested in having this information.