The topic of sustainability and ecology is currently of particular interest worldwide. Increasing environmental pollution and the huge amount of plastic consumed have become one of the major environmental issues that need to be addressed. In line with our line of business and in response to environmental concerns, we have been working for some time to take measures and actions to reduce the impact of our operations on nature and the environment. In order to be a responsible manufacturer, we strive to ensure a range of packaging that not only meets all European Union requirements but also has a lower environmental impact. We believe that every manufacturer of packaging materials must not only look for innovative, environmentally friendly packaging solutions, but also educate our customers about the choice. Today, we can offer our customers not only recyclable packaging but also lower-than-usual raw materials and quality features that are standard.

On March 25, 2015, the company AZ-Pack, JSC implemented a packaging and packaging waste management system supplied to the internal market in accordance with the requirements of the Lithuanian Harmonised Standards.

In cooperation with KTU (Kaunas University of Technology) and with Inočekiai LT, the means provided by MITA (the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology), we must ensure for our clients that our production compliance with the latest optimum package requirements wich are entering into force on November 1, 2015.

In the Thermal and Atomic Energy Departments project: „Packaging supplied to the internal market and packaging waste management system in accordance with the requirements of the Lithuanian Harmonised Standards in the company AZ-Pack, JSC, financed by the European Regional Development Fund’s Economic Growth’s action programme Scientific Research and Technological Development for Economic Competitiveness and Growth“  implementing measure VP2-1.3-ŪM-05-K Inočekiai LT, has been successfully completed.

The whole project, as well as declarations of compliance by the Harmonised Standards, was prepared following the requirements set forth in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Management Law of the Republic of Lithuania and relevant legal acts. Furthermore, in the course of the project’s implementation, various tests have been carried out, which are defined as mandatory by the EU Directive “the Harmonised Standards of the Republic of Lithuania”, and other legal acts: vibro-impact, compression, tests determining the packaging mass lowest calorific value, and product packaging puncture resistance tests.

The clearly defined Harmonised Standards and performed tests allowed to re-evaluate the production offered in the market and the materials used for the production. Based on eight key criteria that allow making a judgement on the quality and distinctness of a product, we can reasonably evaluate whether the packaging is in compliance with the set requirements and the definition of the optimum packaging. The strength, elongation to tear, friction coefficient, haze, transparency, transmission of oxygen and water vapour, carbon dioxide, indicators of the film used for production, justified by scientific research, provide a completely different perception of quality packaging.

Packaging waste management

The new requirements indicate that a package will have to be in compliance not only with all European Union packaging and packaging waste directives, but also with the requirements of the Harmonized Standards:

  • the packaging has to be optimum—made from a minimum quantity of materials and filled to maximum capacity (RL Standard LST EN 13428:2006);
  • total concentration of heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium, shall not exceed 100 ppm of the packaging weight (RL Standard LST 1655:2002);
  • chemical substances or preparations content in packaging shall have to be decreased down to the smallest sufficient amount (RL Standard LST CEN/TR 13695-2:2004);
  • the possibilities for reusing, composting, the incineration of packaging have been evaluated (RL Standard LST EN 13429:2007/ LST EN 13430:2007/ LST EN 13431:2007/ LST EN 13432:2007).
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