1. ECOGRIP delivers the sustainable multi-packing of bottles

ECOGRIP delivers the sustainable multi-packing of bottles

VPK Group, one of the founding members of the pan-European alliance Blue Box Partners, has launched ECOGRIP, a corrugated alternative to shrink wrap for the multi-packing of a wide range of bottles that builds on the growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging. 

  • 100% recyclable corrugate
  • Sustainable alternative to single-use plastic
  • Complete solution for bottle multi-packs
Research has shown retailers and consumers are wanting more sustainable packaging solutions when they make purchasing decisions. Moreover, the EU’s single-use plastic (SUP) Directive, which came into force on 3rd July 2019, aims to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. This has caused large brands and manufacturers to re-evaluate their packaging strategies and seek out alternatives.

ECOGRIP is designed to replace single-use shrink-wrap for plastic bottles between 330ml and 1.5litres, providing a recyclable and biodegradable corrugate solution for multi-packs. Adaptable to the many different bottle styles on the market regardless of diameter, it provides brands, retailers and consumers with a sustainable multi-packing solution for four, six or eight bottles.

The ergonomic design makes it easy to transport, handle and store and the corrugated board can be customised through a variety of print technologies for maximum brand and on-shelf impact. 

“Every business is now focused on sustainability,” said Armin Höttges, managing director at Blue Box Partners

“While we continue to see improvements in recycling rates for many packaging products, secondary packaging such as shrink-wrap falls into the category of single-use plastic which can create issues if not disposed of responsibly. This has resulted in considerable pressure from governments, environmental groups and consumers - all of whom are demanding packaging which is more sustainable and the launch of ECOGRIP now delivers a solution for brands that want an effective multi-packing option.”

VPK Group offers, together with the other members of Blue Box Partners (Klingele Paper and Packaging Group, Hinojosa and Cart-One), expertise and collective intelligence and delivers local solutions across Europe. Working with brands to develop packaging solutions that not only solve their current issues around single-use plastic, but also provide sustainable packaging solutions for the long term, the launch of ECOGRIP is the perfect example of the partnership.

Available through all Blue Box Partners members and with both manual and automated packing options, ECOGRIP provides consumers, retailers and brand owners with a complete solution for the sustainable multi-packing of bottles. 

About VPK Group
VPK produces recycled paper, corrugated cardboard packaging, solid board packaging and cores. In addition to VPK Packaging, VPK Group’s overall brand portfolio includes Corex for core board, cores and tubes production and Smart Packaging Solutions for the production of solid board packaging. Employing over 6.200 people across 65 locations in 20 countries, the group records a turnover of €1.5 billion.

About Blue Box Partners
Blue Box Partners provides customers with optimal supplies of corrugated and paper packaging, delivering tailored support and service at a pan-European level.

Established in 2006 as a customer-orientated alliance of four family-owned businesses: VPK Group (Belgium), Klingele Paper & Packaging Group (Germany), Hinojosa Packaging Solutions (Spain) and CART-ONE (Italy), Blue Box Partners is driven by a united philosophy and strategy, focusing on the establishment of long-term, sustainable relationships with its customers and employees. 

The alliance has a significant standing in the European packaging market with 100 production facilities, 8 paper mills, a production capacity of 4.7 billion square metres of corrugated board, a paper production of 1.55 million tons and a turnover of around €2.8 billion.