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Each year, the APR Design® Recognition Program recognizes companies for their innovations that have collectively improved plastic recycling feedstocks, helping to create a circular economy for plastic packaging. The Amcor AmSky™ recyclable blister packaging system was submitted to APR and has received its Critical Guidance Recognition, the first pharmaceutical/nutraceutical blister packaging system known to have received the honor.
Amcor took the unique approach of designing both the lidding and thermoformed blister card of the AmSky™ recyclable blister packaging system using the same polymer, high density polyethylene (HDPE), one of the most widely recycled plastics today.
The Amcor AmSky™ recyclable blister packaging system offers pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies a packaging solution that is compatible with the PE film recycling stream to replace traditional PVC/aluminum foil blister packages. In fact, Amcor’s ASSET™ Life Cycle Assessment Tool estimates that AmSky™ reduces greenhouse gas emissions over typical PVC/aluminum foil-based blister packages by more than 50%.
AmSky™ is a drop-in replacement for most standard blister packaging. The blister packaging system meets regulatory and moisture barrier performance requirements, and provides the same push-through opening feature that consumers, patients, and caregivers already know how to use. AmSky™ also processes well on existing blister packaging machines with minimal adjustments to operating parameters.