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Environmental impact of pharmaceutical packaging

Although regulatory bodies are asking the industry to reduce their packaging usage, they aren’t making suggestions around how this can be done. Sustainability initiatives are entirely up to the producer.

It seems unlikely that the industry will move away from aluminium foil. Thanks to its superior barrier properties, aluminium foils remains the material of choice for pharma. Impenetrable to moisture, oxygen and other gases, as well as micro-organisms and light, aluminium foil helps to keep medication in perfect condition for longer.


But there is a way to reap the rewards of aluminium foil, whilst reducing the environmental impact of packaging production.

Aluminium foil is an important material in laminates and has wide application in food packaging. Its barrier function against the migration of moisture, oxygen and other gases, and volatile aroma, as well as against the impact of light is generally higher than any plastic laminate material. Therefore, aluminium foil is used in the laminates when insufficient barrier properties are the limiting factor for shelf-life stability of food. The barrier properties of aluminium-coated plastic laminates, which can offer an alternative to aluminium foil laminates, are somewhat less efficient. The use of aluminium foil in rigid, semirigid, and flexible package for in-pack thermal processing allows the selection of package geometries that ensure rapid heating and minimum heat damage during processing. On the tightness of packages, the mechanical stability and quality of sealing is of particular importance. The chemical stability of aluminium foil in contact with food depends on the composition of the food items. With present toxicological knowledge, the use of aluminium in packaging material is considered to be safe, and inner-coating of the foil is recommended in specific cases.


From cold-formed blister foils, aluminum liddin foils, tropical blister foils, CR to SF packaging, we can provide the corresponding foil packaging to meet customer needs. For the solid oral dosages, aluminum medicine packaging can ensure the highest barrier against moisture, light, oxygen and gases. In addition, aluminum foil performs exceptionally well on the blister packaging machines, providing higher yields with minimal waste.



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