Polyfoil® MMB Polypropylene Barrier Tube by Neopac approved by RecyClass
RecyClass tested and granted approval for the product developed by Neopac ‘Polyfoil® MMB Tube PF528’ a metallised PP-barrier tube for food, cosmetic, dental and pharmaceutical applications. This product approval reflects the first PP tube/cap combination successfully tested by RecyClass. The analysis was carried out by IKTR, as per the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PP containers.
‘Polyfoil® MMB Tube PF528’ product consists of a laminated PP tube that has been tested with its white PP cap on, fully decorated with metallized look and with an artwork representative of the direct printing used in the EU market. Advanced Barrier properties of the tube are ensured by the presence of a metallised MDO barrier technology and EVOH.
According to the laboratory results, the ‘Polyfoil® MMB Tube PF528’ product conforms to the current European PP container recycling stream provided it is used under specific conditions. The tests demonstrated that plastic generated by the recycling process can be now used back in high-end, or even closed-loop applications, as PP blow-moulded bottles with up to 25% of this material. Moreover, the sorting behaviour was assessed by Suez.Circpack® according to the RecyClass Sorting Evaluation Protocol, demonstrating that the metallised tube is sortable within the PP rigid stream.
The testing of this product illustrates the effort of the plastic industry in designing high-performance PP barrier tubes that are compatible with their dedicated recycling stream. The proliferation of new technologies and products for pharmaceutical packaging in line with the design for recycling principles shows a strong commitment of the value chain actors contributing to increasing the overall recycling targets in the EU and reaching plastics circularity.
Hoffmann Neopac is a privately-owned company, headquartered in Thun, Switzerland. The group produces high-quality metal and plastic packaging in six locations: HOFFMANN tins in Thun and Holland; Polyfoil® and plastic tubes with NEOPAC in Switzerland, Hungary and the US; and 3D Neopac in India. Its longstanding customers include internationally active pharmaceutical, cosmetics and consumer goods manufacturers in the European, North American and Asian markets. Including its new production facility in the United States, Neopac employs around 1,250 employees and has a capacity of 1.3 billion tubes. The company is dedicated to sustainability in both its manufacturing processes with renewable electricity and corporate culture, including a dedicated eco-conscious packaging portfolio. For more information, visit www.neopac.com.
RecyClass is a comprehensive cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability and to establish a harmonized approach towards recycled content calculation and its traceability in Europe. Activities within RecyClass include the development of Recyclability Evaluation Protocols and scientific testing of innovative materials which serve as the base for the Design for Recycling guidelines and the free online tool. RecyClass offers Recyclability Certifications and Recycled Content Traceability Certification for plastic packaging.
RecyClass Recyclability Approvals
RecyClass issues two types of Recyclability Approvals – Technology Approvals and Product Approvals. These are issued upon conducted testing in accordance with one of the established Recyclability Evaluation Protocols. Testing results are incorporated in the RecyClass Design for Recycling Guidelines and the Online Tool. The full list of approved Technologies and Products can be found on the RecyClass website.