New range of high-performance, plastic-free materials launched -Cygnus® REELboard.
Out with the old, in with the new!
When we started REELbrands in 2018, our mission was to drive innovation in packaging. We have continued to do this through collaboration, working closely with industry experts and leading manufacturing partners. Our primary focus being the development of ground-breaking new materials, laminates and coatings.
Some of these material innovations are the result of years of research, testing, failing and more testing. Most importantly, never ever giving up! We knew it would be a long, complex and challenging journey…without a finish line.
Remaining true to our REELmission, To Create a World Beyond Plastic, we are proud to announce a ground breaking new range of packaging materials.
This amazing range is called Cygnus® REELboard and is primarily designed to replace plastic coated food packs with an easy to recycle alternative! A huge win for our planet!
The power of collaboration!
Through our collaboration with renowned packaging experts REELbrands, Swanline and SPP Labs, together we have brought this new range of fibre-based barrier coated boards, to market.
Hats off to the team!
We would like to give our sincere and special thanks to Lyndon Whitlock, David Price and the Heathpak team. Keith Damarell and the Team at SPP Labs. Geoffery Druce and the Three Oceans team. Nick Kirby, with the Swanline team and Al Hobson, part of the Just Peel team. Last but not least, Sian Sutherland and the A Plastic Planet team.
The whole range of Cygnus® REELboard is certified plastic- free, widely recyclable, repulpable, and importantly a viable alternative for PE laminated materials. It is also, 100% Bio-degradable and compostable. Plus, did I also mention avalible with short lead times?
However, here is where we get really clever, Cygnus® REELboard is also high grease resistant (kit 12), with high water barrier properties (Cobb1800 < 20gms). In addition, BPA and PFA free, making it ideal for frozen, chilled and ambient conditions!
If that’s not enough, it is also PVA gluable and induction heat sealable. Not forgetting, Flexo, o-set Litho and Digital print compatible. Rounding off with good cutting and creasing results, this new wonder board is set to take the world of food packaging by storm!
The range offers both premium and low-cost options, including functional products designed to meet most commercial needs. Up until now, most of which have only been possible with plastic.
Something rather special!
This special range of cutting edge materials includes a clay coated white GC1 and GC2 and an unbleached kraft.
Also included is one of the world’s first food-safe coated black boards, which is sheeted at Swanline’s facilities in Stone, Staffordshire, UK.
The range is complemented by a variety of specialist solidboard grades, which are laminated by Heathpak; the UK’s only BRC accredited solidboard laminating facility. The entire range is sealed on the reverse with SPP’s new ground-breaking Seerpak™ micro barrier coating technology.
The product range from 380um to 4000um can be sourced exclusively from Swanline Paper & Board.
The Cygnus®REELboard overview!
- Viable alternative for PE laminated materials
- Certified Plastic Free
- 100% recyclable
- 100% biodegradable
- 100% compostable
- High grease resistance (Kit 12)
- High water barrier properties
- Barrier properties also tested post creasing
- BPA/PFA free
- Ideal for frozen, chilled, ambient & elevated heat
- PVA glue-able / induction heat sealable
- Flexo, offset litho and digital print compatible
- Good cutting / creasing results
- FSC® / PEFC certified
- BRC certified supply
- UK made – short lead times
The word on the street!
To conclude, Cygnus® REELboard has been creating quite a stir, so we thought you might like to know what people are saying…
“Since the launch of our Cygnus range within the display and packaging sectors, we have seen increasing demand for new materials which can out-perform plastic and provide minimal impact on profit and planet. This exciting partnership with REELbrands and SPP Labs is a continuation of this journey to help fulfil demand as retail groups and brands move away from plastic packaging” commented Nick Kirby, CEO, Swanline Group
“New innovations such as Cygnus®REELboard are a game-changer and we welcome them to the growing Plastic Free certified materials movement. We all know that we urgently need to switch from toxic fossil fuel plastic packaging, useful for days before polluting for centuries. Pulp and paper are a big part of the answer for how we solve the plastic crisis as the recycling value system is already well established, unlike plastic recycling that still struggles to exceed 10% levels in the UK” stated Sian Sutherland, Co founder, A Plastic Planet
“This is a very exciting development for us to help fresh, chilled, frozen produce, hot food service and many other demanding end use sectors replace plastic coated packs with easy-to-recycle alternatives whilst endeavouring to provide cost neutrality and often total cost savings during these challenging economic times, backed by a reputable BRC-accredited UK manufacturing network” added Chris McNeill, COO, REELbrands
You can find out more about Cygnus® REELboard by contacting Chris McNeill, COO of REELbrands, or dropping us a message on our contact page.
Product details and specification sheets can be found here: swanline.co.uk/swanline-paper-board-home/materials