Graphic Packaging Replaces Plastic With Paperboard

Fiber-based consumer packaging producer Graphic Packaging International has launched its KeelCli packaging solution in the United States with the installation of a KeelClip 1600 multipacking machine at Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages’ Elmsford, New York, production facility.

The equipment — the first to be installed in the United States following an expansion throughout Europe — is a sustainable packaging system for multipacks of cans. The solution uses fiber-based packaging for can multipacks, eliminating the need for plastic rings and shrink wrap. It is estimated that KeelClip technology saved more than 3 million pounds of plastic in 2021 alone, and has been used with more than 550 million packs worldwide.

Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, the local Coca-Cola bottler for the northeastern United States Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York markets, is utilizing KeelClip technology to improve sustainability across its entire distribution footprint. The installation of the KeelClip 1600 machinery means the sustainable fiber-based packaging solution can be supplied to markets in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Delaware. This transition will reportedly remove 75,000 pounds of plastic packaging per year from the supply chain for approximately 3.1 million cases.

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