Constantia Flexibles wins prestigious WorldStar Awards in three packaging innovation categories

Vienna, Austria-based converter Constantia Flexibles has been recognized with three prestigious 2023 WorldStar Packaging Awards, celebrating its outstanding sustainable-packaging innovations, which include EcoLamHighPlus, a mono-material laminate with exceptional barrier properties, and EcoLam, also a mono-PE substrate (above).

Victories in the categories of Packaging Materials and Components, Household, and Health and Personal-Care underscore Constantia Flexibles' expertise and innovation capabilities in the industry. These solutions are designed to replace non-recyclable packaging across various applications, from wet-wipes to fabric-softener pouches. One of these awards is shared with a customer, marking a significant achievement in advancing sustainable packaging and promoting recyclability within the industry.

EcoLamHighPlus: two categories conquered
Constantia Flexibles won with its mono-material superstar EcoLamHighPlus in both the Household and Health & Personal-Care categories. The lightweight, mono-polyethylene (PE) laminate is suitable for a variety of packaging applications. It exhibits an exceptionally strong resistance to oxygen and water vapor, nearly equivalent to a polyethylene terephthalate-aluminum-polyethylene (PET/ALU/PE) triplex laminate. This makes it ideal as an eco-friendly substitute for various purposes, including packaging for wet wipes, nuts, baby food, fruit juices, and coffee. Constantia Flexibles opted for PE as the base laminate due to its compatibility with well-established recycling systems and the existing market for recycled material (PCR). This choice ensures its integration into the circular economy. To confirm its recyclability, the laminate underwent certification through the RecyClass validation process.

EcoLam: setting a new standard in packaging innovations
In collaboration with a customer in South Africa, Constantia Flexibles' team has been honored with a WorldStar Packaging Award for its entry, "Comfort Fabric Softener and Sunlight Fabric Softener Pouches," in the Packaging Materials and Components category, marking a significant milestone in Constantia Flexibles history.

EcoLam, the innovative laminate used in these pouches, is a recyclable, mono-PE laminate that boasts great printability. It is manufactured in South Africa at Constantia Afripack and is made from oriented polyethylene (OPE), with a specialized extrusion process to facilitate easy processing of the mono-material. EcoLam offers high optical clarity, enhanced thermal resistance, multiple sealing options, easy-tear openings, and recyclability. The pouches also mark the debut of a fragrance-release pouch for these products, enhancing the user experience.