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NOVA Chemicals proves recyclable food-grade packaging isn’t impossible

United States – NOVA Chemicals Corporation has developed an ‘easily recyclable’ oxygen-barrier film which means companies no longer need to make the choice between food-grade packaging and recyclability, claims the US polyethylene supplier.

The new packaging design, which expands on NOVA Chemicals’ recyclable film, is compatible with the #2 HDPE recycling stream – a big leap forward, it is suggested, from the rigid or non-recyclable mixed-material packaging previously used.

The research and development team at the company’s Centre for Performance Applications will explore the wide variety of packaging formats together with clients.

The film has already been found suitable for stand-up pouches, pillow pouches as well as flow wrappers. Prototypes will be tested on-site. Packages can be customised for single-serve or multi-use through the addition of zippers or fitments.

‘This is a win for customers, the industry and the environment,’ comments Mike Cappelli, NOVA Chemicals’ food packaging market manager. ‘It speaks to the consumer desire for lightweight, economical and sustainable packaging.’

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