The findings of an independent laboratory testing of ‘M-ResinsTM’ technology show that it is suitable for recycling in a polyethylene (PE) film stream. The analysis was carried out by Proplast, as per the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PE films. The technology is a multilayer resealable film lidding which is generally used in combination with a stiff film.
According to the laboratory results ‘M-ResinsTM’ technology conforms to the current European PE film recycling stream provided it is used under specific conditions. Since the technology is destined to be applied within a packaging structure, this approval does not apply automatically to the final packaging product. Hence the full lidding structure must be tested to receive a product approval. Another precondition is the presumption that ‘M-ResinsTM’ does not exceed 10% of the whole European LDPE flexible film market share. In case this threshold is exceeded, further testing will be required, and the current approval will be subject to a review.
The film samples obtained from the conversion process of the recycled material generated by extruding this technology may be used in high quality applications such as PE blown films with up to 25% of the material.
The results obtained from the testing contribute to the constructive developments within the design for recycling PE films and to improving recycling rates of this stream.
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 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.
About Bostik, an Arkema company
Bostik, a subsidiary of the Arkema Group and a global player in specialty adhesives for the construction, consumer and industrial markets, develops innovative and multifunctional sealing and bonding solutions that have been shaping our daily lives for over 130 years. With an annual sales of 2.1 billion euros in 2019 and a presence in more than 40 countries 6,000 employees, the company is committed to meeting the major ecological, energy and technological challenges through its innovations. It is focused on continuous improvement and operational excellence to meet the expectations of its customers and partners.