Celebration Packaging’s new 100% recyclable foodservice packaging products are made from recycled post-consumer PET waste (rPET).

Celebration Packaging is exhibiting on stand G40 at the lunch! event at ExCel in London from 23 to 24 September and is taking the opportunity to launch a new range of recyclable packaging products made from recycled PET plastic.

“It’s no coincidence that 20 to 26 September is also National Recycle Week and Celebration Packaging is proud to be launching these new recyclable foodservice packaging products which are currently made from up to 80% recycled post-consumer PET waste (rPET),” says Celebration Packaging Managing Director Nick Burton. “By the end of this year, the new range will be manufactured using 100% rPET.

“These new rPET products, which will soon be made from 100% post-consumer waste, represent an important step towards creating a closed loop recycling system. In addition, products made from rPET use considerably less energy, and consequently have a much lower carbon footprint, compared to products made from virgin plastics.

“As a leading supplier within the foodservice sector, we understand the increasing pressures our customers face in endeavouring to operate in an environmentally friendly fashion. At Celebration Packaging, we constantly strive to monitor developments in the market to ensure that our ranges meet operational requirements while being manufactured from sustainable and renewable resources. Many people think this important focus on sustainability is something new and are then surprised to discover that we launched our EnviroWare® range over 14 years ago.”

The potential to achieve a 100% circular economy model

To make this new foodservice packaging range, post-consumer PET plastic packaging goes through a recycling process. The PET is first cut into small pieces, and then cleaned, before being transformed into flakes that are used to make rPET sheet for the manufacture of new products. As a 100% recyclable material, rPET has the potential to achieve a 100% circular economy model.

The new rPET range is vast and available in multiple sizes to suit all applications. It includes the Oval, Rectangular and Round Families – high-clarity clear bowls with hinged lids which are ideal for presenting fresh salads and vegetables.

The Premium Bowl and Diamond Bowl ranges are available in transparent or black, with matching tight-fitting transparent lids, while Catering Trays are available in a variety of colours, each with transparent covers.

In addition to the bowl ranges, a wide range of cups with domed lids are also available.

“As this will be the first ‘live’ event in the sector since the pandemic, the Celebration Packaging team is excited to have the opportunity to meet existing and new customers on stand G40 at lunch!,” says Nick Burton. “We have many new products to show, alongside our new rPET range, and we look forward to discussing visitors’ future requirements for more sustainable food packaging.”

Other new products on show at lunch! include: EnviroWare® Leakproof Rectangular Bagasse Food Trays & Lids; EnviroWare® high quality smooth wooden cutlery, hygienically packed in plastic-free wrappers; and a new range of small, reusable, microwavable hinged-lid food containers.