Research

Research

Research is at the heart of our approach. In our laboratory we analyse materials and calculate the environmental impact of packaging and disposables. The results provide developers, manufacturers, users or suppliers, with a clear understanding of the environmental burden of their packaging. This enables you to make responsible and credible choices and give the environment a solid position in your business policy.

Clarity regarding the environmental-impact

Are you keen to know the relative environmental burden of your packaging compared to that of your competitor? Or know which packaging is the least environmentally impactful? In our laboratory we carry out a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of your packaging on the basis of function and materials analysis and using our extensive knowledge in the field of packaging technology. This life cycle approach can either be a ‘quick scan’ or a full LCA study.

Approach the market with clear facts

The result of this scientific study has commercial value. We’ll provide you with mini-tools that will enable the outcome to be used commercially. We’ll help you formulate an environmental claim. We can use the environmental-footprint of your packaging to draw-up a Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) for you. This concise environmental impact datasheet explains the impact of your packaging on the environment in a way that is clearly understood by all parties.

LAB study for packaging

Have you developed a pack and do you want its properties tested before you put it on the market? Do you question whether your packaging complies with all the legal requirements? Or do you want to know exactly what a particular packaging material contains? The LCA lab is equipped with the most up-to-date instrumentation for comprehensive material analysis. The analysis are carried out by researchers specialised in packaging technology.

Exhaustive material analysis

When we study a packaging material we study it in depth. We look at the type of glass, metal, plastic or cardboard we are dealing with. We analyse the composition and the number of layers and check whether recycled material or fillers have been incorporated. We check whether the correct varnish or coating has been used, or whether it has undergone corona treatment to increase the surface tension and which printing technique has been used. The depth of analysis of the pack’s material composition is vital to correctly accounting for a pack in an LCA study, as some of the smallest by- weight components can make significant contributions to the pack’s environmental footprint. The correct identification of the material composition of a pack indicates the relevant production processes to be applied with the LCA study. If you miss out a component, you miss out a process!

Testing and verifying functionality

To evaluate a pack’s functionality, we carry out a thorough study of its physical and mechanical properties. We test its puncture resistance, tensile strength, flexural (bending) strength, thickness, weight and density or compactness. We can also verify the compression of cups, tubs and dishes. And we also check that the material is legal and that your packaging complies with the essential stipulations of the EU’s 94/62/EG guideline for packaging and packaging waste. Comparative LCA studies of like-functionality items have to start with making sure the functionality is truly equivalent.

Looking for answers?

Our specialists are ready and waiting for you. They will ensure you have clear information regarding the environmental-impact and properties of your (new) packaging. What can we do for you? Send us an e-mail.