This article is the fifth in a series by Ferret.com.au focussing on practical ways manufacturers can reduce packaging use and embrace more environmentally sustainable packaging materials in warehouses, factories and distribution centres.
Part four, discussing a packaging company that embraced sustainability as a founding principle, can be found by clicking here.
So far this series has focussed primarily on packaging solutions designed for use in transporting and displaying products that will eventually be sold to the public. While these kinds of products admittedly constitute much of the output of the packaging industry, there are other materials used in industrial environments that have also been developed with sustainability in mind.
, a niche specialty research and development company, has developed a unique barrier material that is designed to protect metals from rust and corrosion when being stored, either short or long term.
Meeting the highest standard for military use, VCI Ferro Foil is a waterproof, greaseproof, flexible and heat sealable material that boasts a tensile strength of 1,600grams/5min ASTM D2103.
The Packaging Council of Australia
recognised VCI Ferro Foil in its 2011 Australian Packaging Design Awards, "an annual run competition for brand owners, designers, retailers, manufacturers and raw material suppliers to enter their packaging creations into a wide variety of categories."
VCI Ferro Foil was awarded the Silver Colorpak Innovation Award, and the Gold Packaging for Industry Award.
Commenting on the barrier material, the Packaging Council said "it allows the industry to package some of the most difficult products and equipment. Military and mining equipment is wrapped in the foil and can be heat sealed, then a vacuum is applied to dispel the oxygen, subsequently reducing the need for other packaging materials to be used. This material has huge potential to extend further into other industries. A great innovation."