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Packaging complies with environmental legislation

05 December 2018

In the October budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the introduction of a tax on plastic packaging that uses less than 30% recycled content. The new Retran product supplied by Bell Packaging has a 70% recycled content which more than satisfies the planned legislation. This material is used to produce Retra tubing, PET folding cartons, clampacks and formed inserts.

Retran is ideally suited to present giftware, confectionery, stationary and DIY products and for direct food applications the Retran is produced in a BRC accredited facility.

MD Peter Lennie said: “Bell are delighted with the announcement from the Chancellor in the budget. Everyone in the packaging industry is working very hard to provide more environmental solutions and it is vital that we work closely with the High Street and public to remove any plastic that does not have a recycled content and cannot be recycled."  

He added: “In simple terms Retran is manufactured in the UK using Polymer that is made from rubbish – that is used plastic fizzy drinks bottles like lemonade, cola or energy drinks that are collected, cleaned, chipped and then processed into polymer granules that make the core of the film used to make Retran. 

“To ensure the surface of the film is clean and suitable for direct food contact or pharmaceutical applications, a thin layer of virgin PET Polymer is applied to the surface which provides an excellent surface if the Retran is being printed. 

“Laboratory trials confirm the performance of the film is comparable with virgin grades of PET Box making film and the finished Retran product has been trialled extensively with our major clients throughout Europe.  

“The finished design has a very high clarity, it folds easily and can be recycled."