Major players from the polymer industry have established the Advanced Packaging Association (APA) AISBL, a non-profit organisation to advance polyamide-based packaging. 

Founders of the organisation include BASFGrupa Azoty ATT Polymers, UBE, ENVALIOR, and DOMO Chemicals. 

The APA’s concept was initiated in 2023 to emphasise polyamide’s vital role in creating recyclable packaging applications.  

The organisation aims to ensure that polyamide-based packaging is recognised as a recyclable and sustainable option in the sector by 2027.  

This recognition will be based on data and scientific assessment.  

The initiative is expected to contribute to food waste prevention and a reduction in raw material usage. 

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Despite the established recyclability of polyethylene/polyamide packaging, the APA will continue to highlight the benefits of the durable and lightweight packaging solution, the companies said.   

Specifically, the APA’s efforts will include engaging with various stakeholders in the flexible packaging value chain to enhance the understanding of polyamide’s sustainable properties and its role in packaging. 

APA president Nicola Bucchioni said: “APA invites all actors in the value chain to join forces to confirm high-performance packaging solutions as the most reasonable options to achieve food and plastic savings, or in other words, the best possible sustainability and circularity in advanced packaging. Join us in this noble and meaningful mission.” 

Polyamide has been integral to advanced packaging for many years, offering high performance with minimal material use, according to the APA.