Parkside has launched recoflex-PE, a fully recyclable single polymer laminate with the barrier properties and sealing performance that mirrors a range of commonly used laminates in the flexible packaging sector that are not currently recycled.
Designed to support a circular economy, recoflex-PE is made from 100 percent polyethylene (PE), which enables the packaging material to be recovered via the established carrier bag collection and recycling infrastructure. Consumers simply take it to retail stores with collection points.
The laminate design brings together two grades of PE to create functionality including printability, mechanical strength and high barrier. These make it suitable for a wide range of flexible packaging applications, according to Parkside, compared to other standard PE materials on the market. recoflex-PE can be used for most flow wraps, pouches or bags that require a high barrier, and are not designed for use in elevated temperatures. Products said to be ideal to be packed in recoflex-PE include nuts and snacks, most cheeses, coffee, protein powders and nutrition packaging. It can also be used in high barrier lidding film applications for protein foods.
Phil O’Driscoll, innovation director at Parkside, said: ‘We pride ourselves on creating progressive and innovative packaging that meets the needs of both the market and the consumer. recoflex-PE is our latest creation that fits into this mantra and we are truly proud of bringing a new fully recyclable product to market which is easy to dispose for the consumer.’
Set to be validated with recyclers and the OPRL scheme, recoflex-PE is available for production trials with customers, with the first market launch expected following their conclusion.