Dow and Klöckner Pentaplast have launched KP Flexivac, a multi-layer recyclable vacuum film that’s been certified 100% recyclable as PE by recycling centre cyclos–HTP and recycling alliance Interseroh.

The product uses Dow‘s Fusabond technology, which allows for the film to be recyclable without compromising on performance and aesthetics.

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Dow senior marketing manager Laurent Ziché explains: “Our compatibiliser offering enables the recyclability of barrier films, which is the first step towards a circular economy for food packaging flexible films.”

KP Flexivac’s high tensile strength is suitable for packaging bone-in cuts of fresh meat and poultry. Combined with its hermetical seal, the films offer food protection and safety throughout the supply chain.

Food packaging is a profitable market which registered 2,071.4bn units in 2022 and is expected to reach 2,337.8bn units in 2027 at a CAGR of 2.4% during 2022-27. Additionally, flexible packaging was the most used pack material accounting for a share of 53.1% globally.

Klöckner Pentaplast serves the pharmaceutical, medical device and protein markets and its films are used in box making, metallising and thermoforming applications.

Dow’s product portfolio is comprised of plastics, performance materials, coatings, silicones and industrial intermediates. The company recently collaborated with bioconversion company New Energy Blue on a sustainable plastic initiative and with Procter & Gamble China (P&G China) for recyclable air capsules for e-commerce packaging.