New sustainable replacement for plastic rings and shrink film for multipack beverages introduced by Graphic Packaging

Like its predecessor KeelClip, the new EnviroClip is a paperboard alternative to plastic rings and shrink films for standard beverage cans.

Packaging supplier Graphic Packaging International LLC (Atlanta) has introduced a new replacement for the plastic rings and shrink films used on beverage multipacks. Its new EnviroClip is a paperboard alternative to hold together standard 12- and 16-oz beverage cans. The company is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and paper-based foodservice products in the U.S.

EnviroClip differs from another multipack holder the company offers, called KeelClip. While both offer space for printing branding messages and graphics, EnviroClip was especially designed to minimize materials usage even further, the company says. It is made from a single ply of paperboard comprising renewable fibers from sustainably managed forests. It does not use adhesives or plastic laminations.

“EnviroClip enables beverage companies to significantly increase sustainability by replacing plastic packaging for can multipacks with a recyclable and renewable solution,” said Ricardo de Genova, senior vice president of global innovation and new business at Graphic Packaging, in a press release. “Its launch complements our KeelClip beverage can multipack solution and means we are now able to meet customer requirements across a full spectrum of different-sized operations.”

EnviroClip designs are available for both four- and six-pack beverage configurations. The company says cans are easily detached from the EnviroClip, which is also comfortable to carry.

The company says EnviroClip runs on equipment with a small footprint. The equipment operates at a range of speeds, from manual application to high-speed automation.