EUROPE – SIG, a leading manufacturer of aseptic packaging, has announced plans to launch tethered caps for its beverage cartons in Europe in the second half of 2021 in an effort to help manufacturers improve the sustainability profile of their packaging.

According to a statement from the company, the redesigned caps do not compromise on convenience and will be compatible with existing filling machines and closure applicators.

This will save food manufacturers from major capital expenditures in the transition to the new packaging format.

Additionally, SIG’s new tethered caps are made from polymers linked to 100% renewable, forest-based materials, enabling manufacturers to package their beverages in an environment friendly way.

“Our new tethered cap solutions build on SIG’s strong track record on sustainable innovation as we go ‘Way Beyond Good’ for people and the planet,” said Ali Kaylan, SVP innovation and VP global marketing at SIG.

SIG’s launch of its  tethered caps is well ahead of the July 2024 deadline set by EU Single-Use Plastics Directive for all single-use beverage containers to come with their caps attached.

The company said the launch well ahead of time is meant to reassure customers that SIG remains the right partner to help them meet consumer demand for sustainable packaging and stay ahead of European regulatory requirements.

“By announcing the launch three years ahead of regulatory requirements, we are providing reassurance for customers as they prepare to comply with forthcoming EU regulations,” Kaylan added.

According to the company, the tethered caps will be launched initially for the closures used with its most popular packs in Europe.

The tethered domeTwist will be available for SIG’s carton bottle combidome, as well as tethered combiMaxx and tethered combiSwift options for SIG’s core family-size carton portfolio.

SIG’s planned launch of tethered caps comes a few weeks after Tetra Pak said that it is ready to deploy its portfolio of tethered cap solutions, which will minimize litter as the cap will stay attached to the package.

In its May statement, Tetra Pack said the tethered caps are planned to become available as a plant-based option, therefore increasing the renewable content of the package and cutting down on its carbon footprint.

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