Schur Flexibles Group: Achieving Sustainability in the Packaging Industry

Martin Berlekamp, Head of Sustainability at Schur Flexibles Group, discusses the sustainability initiatives his firm is undertaking to help achieve a greener future.

Dr. Martin Berlekamp, Head of Sustainability, Schur Flexibles Group.

“We see our current sustainability transformation as a challenge because society is keen to change the handling of plastics,” says Berlekamp. “As packaging takes up a high percentage of plastics being produced, we have to find a responsible way to handle sustainability along the value chain. As Schur Flexibles is well prepared with its current and new product portfolio, we can help our customers fulfil their sustainability goals which are often much more demanding than the ones requested by the legislation.”

The non-aluminum recyclable flow wrap packaging, developed as a PP and PO variant, has an ultra-high barrier and thus reliably packs ground coffee, coffee beans and other dry products.
The innovative recyclable thermoforming film VACUflex(re) EX-T made of polyolefins combines the best machinability with the highest product protection and impresses with its exceptional shine.
The new generation of drawstring bags: The recyclable EcoString bag as well as the drawstring are made of mono PE film.

Schur aims to make the majority of its products recyclable before 2025 and already possesses an array of recyclable products in its portfolio, with the company looking to ensure its product materials are renewably sourced. It is considered the best in the market in raw material consumption along with producing predominantly recyclable packaging. “Sustainability is a clear management target and the company provides the resources to follow up,” affirms Berlekamp. “In addition to our 2025 target, we also have one for 2020 — we want to provide a recyclable solution to all markets. The aim now is to meet our short-term target and have a strategy, project plan and resources in place for the 2025 one.” Although Berlekamp admits that his firm’s 2025 sustainability targets are challenging, the firm is determined to align to the requirements of large supermarket chains. “There’s a lot of work to do. If you look at Carrefour, Tesco, Aldi or Lidl, they have their own sustainability programmes,” he says. “These are the targets that customers would like to see in their own shops. As a flexible film supplier, if you’re not capable of delivering recyclable solutions, then you won’t be in operation for very long.”

Schur Flexibles 5-R program for sustainable film production.