Confoil has been a leading Australian manufacturer of food packaging since 1966. Through our environmental policy statement and objectives, Confoil is committed to minimising the impact of our activities on the environment. Based on the foundation of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover”, we constantly strive to maintain our environmental policy standards. Our commitment to this policy emanates from our management team and permeates through all levels of the organisation. We monitor our performance through the regular reviews of our strategic objectives, procedures and processes. Confoil actively works to promote recycling both internally and amongst our suppliers. We do this by sourcing and promoting product ranges which minimise the environmental impact on production and distribution. Confoil are also signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant and are committed to the evolving work provided within the framework of the covenant.
Foil containers are at the core of what we do and what we have been doing for over 50 years now. Over 70% of what we produce, market and sell are foil containers for various uses and various customers, including both wrinkle-wall and smoothwall options. We source and convert thousands of tonnes of foil each year to manufacture our high-quality packaging containers and associated foil products such as rolls and sheets. Like soda cans, our foil products are 100% recyclable and foil itself is endlessly recyclable.
Aluminium foil can be melted and reformed over and over again, and the structural properties of foil are not compromised during this repeated process of melting and reforming. In fact, about two-thirds of the aluminium ever made is still in existence. Recycling aluminium saves around 95% of the energy needed to make the metal from raw materials. Along with the energy savings, recycling aluminium also saves around 95% of the greenhouse gas emissions compared to the primary production process. Our foil products can usually be included as a part of normal recycling processes offered by standard waste collection facilities.
At Confoil, we work to ensure our products meet environmental needs and are also fit for purpose, so that the makers of good food have can peace of mind knowing that where possible, our products are, in some way, either recyclable, compostable or biodegradable while food contents and ingredients are protected and preserved.
Our core range of products includes both wrinklewall and smoothwall foil trays which are 100% aluminium and are fully recyclable and renewable. Aluminium’s unique properties make it a perfect material for a great number of packaging requirements, while its ready recyclability makes it an excellent choice for the environment, diverting this packaging product from landfill or polluting our oceans. Because aluminium is pure in composition, it is extremely easy to recycle through kerbside recycling. Dualpak (made from recyclable and biodegradable paperboard) and Pulp (made from wheatstraw) Meal Trays both feature an inner PET liner to create a liquid barrier. The PET liner can be removed from the tray within many waste facilities, enabling both components of the meal trays to continue through the full recycling process.
Pulp Cavity Meal Trays
Foil Die Cut Lids & Wraps
When a material is compostable it means that the item has the ability to break down in under 12 weeks, making it suitable for commercial and home composting together with food waste. The item is then transformed into nutrient rich compost that helps plants to thrive. Confoil offers a range of products which are OK Compost certified, so you can pass these environmental benefits on to your customers, safe in the knowledge that your packaging choices are not contributing to the waste issues typical of other forms of single use packaging. Our range of pulp products contain no lining, and are made from either 100% wheat straw or sugarcane, both of which are considered to be sustainable sources. The vast majority of Confoil’s baking range is compostable.
The term biodegradable refers to items that are made from responsibly sourced, natural, pure virgin fibre materials. Because they are made using natural materials only, they are able to be broken down again after use without causing harm to the environment – degrading quickly rather than taking years and leaving nothing damaging behind which would otherwise be diverted to landfill or contribute to ocean pollution. Biodegradable items typically break down in 1 year or less - which is great news for our planet! Confoil’s beautiful range of Paper Baking Moulds, as well as our Dualpak Meal Tray range (paperboard component) are made from sustainably sourced virgin fibre wood that is FSC Chain of Custody certified, so you can rest assured that it’s procurement adheres to sustainable forestry practices.
Aluminium is an amazing material that can be infinitely recycled without loss of properties. The high value of aluminium scrap is a key incentive for recycling. This is why almost 75% of aluminium ever produced since 1886 is still in use today. That means that foil trays and containers can be recycled, and the foil reused many times over, in different products and different formats. From foil wrappers, household foil, laminated foil pouches, aluminium foil offers a versatile range of packaging solutions to meet today’s sustainability challenges. The physical properties of aluminium foil, such as the absolute barrier effect, lead to more protection and longer shelf-lives for the product contents, as well as better preservation of their nutritional benefits. For aluminium packaging, recovering the aluminium effectively reduces the demand for the equivalent quantity of primary (virgin) aluminium which would need to be mined. Recycling the recovered aluminium effectively reduces our dependence on natural resources and ensures that they are used efficiently and effectively. Recycling has become second nature to Australians as we all seek to reduce our environmental footprint. Recycling aluminium makes both economic and environmental sense.
Source: European Aluminium Foil Association & Australian Aluminium Council