Canada-based Nova Chemicals has developed a new recyclable, oxygen-barrier film structure design for food companies.
The new film can be used to pack food products such as meat, cheese, nuts, and many snack foods, which conventionally require rigid or non-recyclable mixed-material packaging.
Nova Chemicals food packaging market manager Mike Cappelli said: “This is a win for customers, the industry and the environment. It speaks to the consumer desire for lightweight, economical, and sustainable packaging.”
The introduction of the new structure design increases Nova Chemicals’ recyclable film design portfolio that includes a recipe for moisture-sensitive applications such as dry foods, frozen foods and confectionery.
Both packaging base designs have received the certification to carry the ‘In store drop-off’ package label from How2Recycle, a programme that helps consumers to understand end-of-life recycling options.
Additionally, the designs are compatible with the #2 HDPE recycling stream.
The new structure design allows multiple forms of package formats, including stand-up and pillow pouches and flow wrappers.
Further, the packages can be tailored with zippers or fitments for multiple uses.
Nova Chemicals’ experts at its Centre for Performance Applications help customers to customise the film structures according to their requirements.
Recently, the centre has installed a new Effytec horizontal form fill seal (HFFS) pouch maker which will be used to manufacture prototype packages that can be tested on-site.