Jindal Films has begun the European production of Ethy-Lyte, its latest range of BOPE films designed to offer fully recyclable mono-PE packaging alternatives, compatible with existing and expected future recycling streams.
Ethy-Lyte bi-axially oriented, high density polyethylene (BOPE) films enable the creation of fully recyclable mono-PE alternative for the packaging sector. It is designed to replace OPET or OPA films in lamination with PE sealant films.
Ethy-Lyte is based on a technology enabled by an advanced, bi-axial orientation process that transforms polyethylene into a range of films, which deliver heat resistance and mechanical and optical properties for a wide range of printing technologies, converting, packaging performance and product protection. Laminated with PE sealants, it creates fully recyclable mono-PE packaging structures that are compatible with existing and expected future recycling streams.
The new range of films performs well on a wide range of packaging formats, including: VFFS, HFFS and SUP. The main market segments include dry food, pet food, frozen food, processed food, detergents, personal care and non-food applications.
‘Guidelines from CEFLEX and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) recommend that polyolefin containing laminates should not include, amongst others, paper, PET, nylon, and aluminum foil to enable efficient sorting and mechanical recycling. Innovations such as Ethy-Lyte will help the industry meet increasing demand across Europe for “designed for recycling” mono-material solutions,’ said Mirek Tokaj, marketing director of Jindal Films. ‘Ethy-Lyte can play a significant role in shifting the packaging industry from using laminates that are difficult to recycle to PE-rich laminates that are recycle-ready for current or future sorting and recycling streams.’