Medmix Develops Sustainable Foil Composite Cartridge Body for Adhesives and Sealants
Medmix has developed the ecopaCC™ which features a unique special foil composite that is only 0.15 mm thick, which replaces the 2.2 mm thick plastic body of solid cartridges.
According to the company, the new design preserves the barrier and mechanical properties, safeguards performance and reliability, at the time that the chosen materials and improved production bring a drastic reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions.
An internal Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) was conducted by the ECODESIGN company for medmix, to assess the environmental aspects and impacts of the materials, manufacturing and distribution of the MIXPAC™ ecopaCC™ foil cartridge versus the medmix 600ml 1:1 polypropylene solid cartridge.
They report that the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of ecopaCC are less than a quarter of the GHG of the solid cartridge in all these life cycle stages, and as such, ecopaCC offers a fully compatible product for standard dispensers with greatly reduced greenhouse gas emission.
Dr. Adriana Díaz, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) expert at the ECODESIGN company in Vienna commented: “We started in 2005 as a spin-off of the Vienna University of Technology, to help organizations analyze their products, assess the environmental aspects and impacts, and support the adoption of ecodesign strategies towards more sustainable products and operations of our clients. Key ecodesign strategies for primary packaging products include, for example, the reduction in the use of materials and the substitution of materials while preserving product functionality, and using low carbon energy sources for the production processes. These strategies are already implemented by medmix for the ecopaCC. Overall, the ecopaCC shows 154.7 gCO2-eq compared to 661.1 gCO2-eq for a solid cartridge, a reduction in GHG emissions of approximately 77%”.
The internal LCA of the medmix cartridges assessed the materials, manufacturing and distribution for a representative B2B scenario of the two cartridges...
Source: Medmix/Adhesives Magazine