Teknoweb NA to Discuss Sustainable Packaging Options for Wet Wipes


Teknoweb NA's Carl Cucuzza and ColorMasters' James Harvey will speak on the importance of reducing plastic and flexible film packaging

Teknoweb North America is participating at the virtual edition of World of Wipes 2021, from July 12-15.

Being held both online and onsite, World of Wipes represents a great opportunity to open the doors to the latest solutions developed in the tissue and nonwovens industry. On July 14, Carl Cucuzza, president and managing partner at Teknoweb NA LLC – part of the IMA Group – along with James Harvey, director of Product and Market Development at ColorMasters will have the pleasure to talk about the importance of reducing plastic and flexible film packaging.

The world has a plastic waste problem and flexible film packaging and equipment manufacturing companies like ColorMasters and Teknoweb have a responsibility to be part of the solution.

Currently the standard flexible film materials used for wipes packaging are constructed by a 2-3 mil thick PET/PE printed laminate converted on HFFS flow wrap equipment. The primary function of the packaging is to provide a moisture vapor barrier (MVTR) to ensure wet wipe efficacy for the duration of the products shelf life. Current PET/PE flexible film laminates, used in wet wipes packaging, do not qualify for ‘’How to Recycle’’ requirements. Additionally, PE film structures alone do not meet the MVTR requirements for maintaining product moisture levels.

The presentation will provide an overview of the new PE based film options, developed by ColorMasters, that meet the film performance specifications required for wet wipes, convert at traditional line speeds, and meet Type-2 and Type-4 plastics "How to Recycle standards." In addition, they will review the testing, developed and completed by Teknoweb on wipes converting assets, validating process ability of these new flow pack film variants as well as optimal process settings and equipment capabilities. Their goal in this presentation is to help develop the industry toward the successful and sustainable circularity of plastics.