Global packaging solutions provider Amcor has announced placing its first commercial order for certified-circular polymers to facilitate advanced recycling in the packaging market.

Leveraging ExxonMobil’s Exxtend technology, this order specifically focuses on the Australian and New Zealand markets.

The effort will make Amcor the first “flexible” packaging company to provide certified-circular plastics within the two countries’ packaging markets.

It will further allow the packaging company to support “partial displacement” of a variety of fossil-based feedstocks.

Amcor will use this opportunity to fulfil the increasing plastic circularity requirements of its customers.

Amcor Asia Pacific’s sustainability director Richard Smith said: “We are excited to provide our customers in Australia and New Zealand access to this important resource, and to contribute to developing more sustainable solutions that help our customers and their brands continue to meet consumer needs.”

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According to Smith, the new order marks a crucial step towards addressing the company’s goal to help its customers in achieving plastic circularity.

Furthermore, the order will expedite the progress of Australia’s National 2025 Packaging Targets initiative.

Amcor said that the Exxtend technology, developed by ExxonMobil, is used for advanced recycling to help consumers achieve their sustainability goals.

It allows ExxonMobil to offer polymers that follow the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification PLUS industry standards.

Such certified-circular polymers are identical to the polymers that are made up of traditional fossil feedstock.

Amcor claimed that this certified-circular polymer could also be used in various existing applications, dependent on the use of virgin resins.

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Advanced Recycling and Sustainability general manager Kwee-Lin Chan said: “We are proud to work with Amcor to bring a new certified-circular solution to the ANZ market. We look forward to continuing our work with Amcor to develop products that deliver exceptional performance, while also supporting the circular economy.”