Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) has unveiled a new formulation of polyethylene (PE) resins to create a fully recyclable PE packaging solution in India.

The new sustainable, all-PE laminate solution is expected to be used in flexible packaging applications.

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According to the company, different polymers and additives within the existing flexible packaging solutions are not compatible during the recycling process and require complex processes to break down.

“Our all-new all-PE laminate solution looks at addressing the flexible plastic waste management in India by allowing for full recyclability.”

The company’s mono-material laminate packaging is claimed to provide superior features in terms of aesthetics, brand perception and performance.

It is expected that the post-consumer packaging will remain fully recyclable at the end of its lifecycle.

P&SP Asia-Pacific commercial vice-president Bambang Candra said: “Dow encourages the responsible production, disposal and recycling of plastic, and our all-new all-PE laminate solution looks at addressing the flexible plastic waste management in India by allowing for full recyclability.

“We are excited by the new product and will be working closely with local brand owners to implement our new solution to help them meet regulations around the reduction of usage of multi-polymer plastics to save the environment.”

Brand owners and consumers in India depend largely on flexible plastic packaging due to its superior qualities such as convenience, affordability and barrier properties.

However, the country’s Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 mandates large-scale implementation of proper plastic disposal practices and elimination of non-recyclable, multi-polymer packaging in a phased manner.

The company expects to benefit from the prevailing plastic waste regulatory condition with the launch of the all-PE laminate solution.