Dow releases RecycleReady Technology, which helps converters create barrier pouches that answer consumer demand for more recyclable packaging options.
Created with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and other industry members, the technology enables the recycling of packaging for products like granola and nuts, which was not possible before in flexible packaging.
The stand-up pouch made with Retain polymer modifiers is the first package of its kind with barrier film that can be recycled in a polyethylene recycling stream.
When combined with other polyethylene resins, the Retain compatibilizer offers a recyclable solution with enhanced barrier characteristics.
Before this innovation, flexible barrier packaging posed unique recycling challenges due to the variety of materials generally used as part of its makeup.
With RecycleReady Technology, converters can create recyclable flexible pouches that incorporate multiple layers, but use only polyethylene as the basic raw material.
The technology in North America has been approved by the SPC’s How2Recycle program to use the Store Drop-Off label.
Plastic film, wrap, and bags carrying the Store Drop-Off label can be recycled at participating local retail and grocery stores.
The technology aims to divert packaging waste from landfill or incineration, increase post-consumer recycling yields and aid the creation of a circular economy for plastics packaging.