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A Focus on the Environment

Becoming sustainable across multiple packaging platforms


Experts calculate that the demand for plastic packaging will double in the next 20 years. This requires a redoubling of sustainability efforts in order to be able to meet the growing demand responsibly, while reducing the environmental impact.

Because your products are so unique, we recognize that one size does not fit all.  Many multi-nationals are researching how they can stay profitable while offering their customers the very best in sustainable packaging.  Whether you are flow packing, thermoforming, traysealing, or automating we have worked tirelessly to understand your pain points and how we address them.


Reduce Packaging:

  • Reduce plastics used in packaging
  • Ability to use thinner gauge films
  • Optimize your package size
  • Reduce film scrap
  • Utilize "tray-less" packaging

Recycle and compost:

  • Use of mono-materials (PET, PO...)
  • Cellulose and fiber based trays
  • Use of biobased plastics
  • Use of biodegradable and compostable plastics such as PLA and cellophane

Learn more in our new Sustainable Packaging Options brochure >

Options from G. Mondini

PaperSeal® replaces MAP and VSP plastic trays with barrier-lined cardboard

The process operates by fabricating a MAP tray from a pre-cut flat cardboard, which is formed and a barrier liner automatically applied in one step process. The system is based on the same benefit stream as Thermosealer® technology where the fabricating of trays is conducted directly before the tray sealing process.



  • Reduction of Plastic - Up to 85% less plastic, process compared to plastic trays utilizes Zero waste technology
  • Excellent Sealing Surface - Unique  blank design provides flat flange for excellent high barrier seal integrity
  • Separated After Use - Board & liner film is separated after use for a 100% recyclable package
  • Premium Branding - High quality offset printing available on all surfaces of the tray
  • Environmental Benefits - Tray can be preformed or erected by the customer minimizing the environmental impact


Watch Our Latest Paperseal Video >


PaperSeal® Skin - All the benefits of skin packaging, with the environmental benefits of PaperSeal®


  • 80% less plastic Vs standard VSP.
  • Outstanding display of product quality and visual appeal.
  • All the benefits of Skin packing to ensure optimal package performance.
  • Vertical display and space saving.
  • Plus all the PaperSeal® MAP Benefits.

Tray Sealing & Platformer

Trave® Tray Sealers from G. Mondini

With PLATFORM® Technology on a Trave® Tray Sealer we created a flexible tool that can continually respond to rapid changes in food packaging technologies, market demands and new sustainable materials. We can utilize renewable resources such as Paperseal™, a fully printable, recyclable paperboard to replace plastic and thinner materials, enabling reduced package plastic content up to 80%.

Environmentally-conscious packaging with these technologies:

  • ZERO® technology
  • Darfresh® on Tray
  • PaperSeal®



Watch PaperSeal® Trays in Production on a Trave Tray Sealer >


Platformer Tray Forming


The PLATFORMER® reduces the carbon footprint of trays by manufacturing on demand at the point of packaging. It produces trays from roll-stock film reels at the customer’s factory, consuming the precise amount of plastic required. The product is placed and tray sealed immediately, improving system effi ciency and security. Material savings of up to 38% can be achieved with scrap below 2%. This reduces the carbon footprint of the tray manufacturing and logistics process. Form trays in a complete packaging line with a Trave tray sealer, or as a stand-alone option.

Options from ULMA


#ULMAweCare encompasses several areas of research and development, including reducing packaging, using thinner films, incorporating recyclable materials like cardboard and cellulose, and using biodegradable plastics and mono-materials that facilitate recycling. Learn more about this exciting initiative >

“#ULMAweCare is an “ambitious and cross-cutting sustainability project with a double objective of reducing packaging and promoting the incorporation of recyclable and compostable materials while keeping packaging features to extend shelf life of products. Efficient processes and effective packaging with a lower environmental impact: that is #ULMAweCare.”

- Josu Garcia Urien, Sustainability Manager at ULMA Packaging


ULMA TFS 407 R with Cryovac® Darfresh® - Reduced Scrap System

Scrap reduction up to 40% is possible for some products that allow to make vacuum through specially designed air holes on the bottom film. Check it out in action >

TFS 407 skin Darfresh


  • Vacuum cycle speed >12% faster than standard speed
  • Film width reduction up to 4%
  • Scrap reduction up to 40%
  • Specially-designed vacuum slots combined with top and bottom Darfresh® webs create a consumer pack fitting around the product like a second skin
  • Unique "easy open" skin

Learn more about our thermoforming equipment >

Flow Wrapping


The FV 55 SD is a sanitary design machine that uses roll stock film vs. bags, and automatically determines the length of bag formed, helping eliminate wasted material.

Flow-Vac55SDWe also have the Tight-bag™ system on our vertical baggers. It can use 100% recyclable mono-material film, and uses the precise amount of material needed for the product. Learn more about our flow wrapping equipment >

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Let us know a little about yourself and we'll get right back to you to talk about your sustainable packaging concerns, and how we can help.

Sustainability has rapidly become one of the most important and complicated challenges producers face. We know that pragmatic approaches that deliver real impact also demand business justification. I’m confident we can help you produce performant packaging that meets your sustainability objectives within budgetary parameters. If we can help you reduce your environmental footprint and save money, that’s a win-win for your business and society. 

"At Harpak-ULMA sustainability is a key strategic objective, and our solutions reflect that. It means that from the machines we build, to the packaging solutions we develop, a key consideration is how they improve our customers’ ability to cost-effectively protect our natural resources. The reality is, sustainability is good business. That’s because proactively reducing environmental impact often generates lower waste and costs for the producer."

Kevin Roach CEO, Harpak-ULMA