Awards abound for Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders pouch

TC Transcontinental Packaging won three awards at the 2019 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition for its Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders pouch.

The pouch took home the Gold award for Sustainability for a second year in a row, as well as the Gold award for Packaging Excellence and the Silver award for Technical Innovation. The new flexible loose tea pouch is one of the first-in-market, 100% recyclable, multilayer barrier stand-up pouch. It was designed to meet Harney & Sons’ commitment to sustainability while still protecting the flavor and the freshness of the product.

“These awards pay tribute to our promise of creating value for our customers and developing innovative solutions that meet their evolving needs. They also celebrate our commitment to sustainability as we strive to design products that take into consideration the environmental impacts of the product during its entire life-cycle, said Todd Addison, vice president, business development at TC Transcontinental Packaging.

“We salute Harney & Sons for driving this important initiative and thank them for trusting us in this entire process. It is a great honour to be recognised by our industry colleagues for, once again, setting the bar high in packaging innovation and sustainability.”

Developed in collaboration with Dow and Charter NEX Films, the Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders pouch is 100% recycle ready for in-store drop off and uses an EVOH barrier for product preservation, seal strength, and durability. Fine tea packaging requires a multilayer, co-extruded package to protect the product’s natural oils that give tea leaves a smooth flavor and finish. EVOH delivers outstanding barrier to gases, organic vapors and moisture, preventing deterioration of the product and extending its shelf life. The challenge with barrier films from a sustainability perspective is that it is not easily broken down and recycled, therefore hindering its reuse and contribution to positive environmental change. Dow’s Retai resin technology provides the solution to this concern by compatibilising the barrier, thus allowing for a multilayer film to be fully recyclable and attain sustainability goals.

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