USA – Kwik Lok has introduced Enviro-Lok, a new recyclable polypropylene bag closure to keep products safe and fresh.

According to the firm, the closure is 34% less plastic than standard Kwik Lok closures as well as emitting 67% less water and 44% less carbon.

Kwik Lok is also offering new ultrasonic welded labels with the Enviro-Lok for branding, tracking and traceability.

According to Kwik Lok, the label is made from the same material as the Enviro-Lok and removes sticky adhesives due to its ultrasonic weld technology, making the closure more ready for recycling.

“Enviro-Lok makes it easier for our customers and the consumer to support a circular economy,” said Viktoria Pakhnyuk, PhD, sustainable product development manager at Kwik Lok.

“Kwik Lok continues to invest in materials science so we can have packaging that keeps food fresh and safe and can be re-used.”

Kwik Lok will demonstrate Enviro-Lok at the Global Floral and Produce Show in Anaheim, Calif., from Oct. 19-21 and the International Bakery Association show in Munich, Germany from Oct. 22-26.

Meanwhile. In November last year, the firm introduced Fibre-Lok, its environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bag closures, to US bakery and produce companies.

Composed entirely of natural cellulose wood, the closures are made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled paper and the paperboard is FSC-certified recycled content.

“Fibre-Lok is another important step in Kwik Lok’s mission of transitioning the industry toward a sustainable future through innovation, and we are pleased to make it available in the US for the first time,” said Don Carrell, chief executive officer, Kwik Lok at the time.

“Fibre-Lok has been tested and proven in other markets to deliver the same quality and reliability customers expect from the traditional Kwik Lok products.”

Fibre-Lok meets or exceeds all known environmental and health regulations, including RoHS, REACH and California Prop 65.

The closures can be used in any Kwik Lok automatic bag closing machine with minor modifications.

More recently, Kwik Lok appointed John Skadorwa as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO), replacing retiring Jeff Scott, after a six-and-a-half-year tenure.

Skadorwa is an accomplished professional with over 25 years of experience in a variety of industries including military, construction, energy, aerospace and manufacturing.

He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has a proven track record in problem resolution, statistical analysis, operational excellence and project management.

Most recently, Skadorwa served as a Program Management Director on Blue Origin’s BE-4 Rocket Engine Program in Kent, Washington which provides propulsion to next-generation launch vehicles.

While there he focused on the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of the engines produced. Before Blue Origin, Skadorwa worked in a variety of roles focused on cultural and strategic transformation, innovation implementation, continuous improvement, manufacturing execution and leadership development.

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