US-based Dow Chemical Company has unveiled new recyclable stand-up pouches produced using the recently launched RecycleReady technology.
Made with Retain polymer modifiers, the stand-up pouch is the first package of its kind with barrier film that can be recycled in a polyethylene recycling stream.
When combined with other polyethylene resins, the Retain compatibiliser provides a recyclable solution with improved barrier characteristics.
Developed by Dow Chemical Company alongside other companies, the RecycleReady technology allows converters create barrier pouches that meet consumer demand for more recyclable packaging options.
Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics North America packaging solutions director Stacy Fields said: "Working together with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and our value chain collaborators was crucial to achieving our breakthrough RecycleReady Technology, which incorporates Retain polymer modifiers, a key enabler for the recyclability of the packages."
The new recyclable flexible pouches incorporate multiple layers, but use only polyethylene as the basic raw material.
In North America, RecycleReady technology has been approved by the SPC's How2Recycle programme to use the store drop-off label.
Under the programme, plastic film, wrap, and bags carrying the store drop-off label can be recycled at participating local retail and grocery stores.
Sustainable Packaging Coalition project manager Kelly Cramer said: "This technology is a breakthrough in packaging design for recyclability.
"It possesses the properties of a multi-layer pouch, but behaves like a pure polyethylene bag in the recycling stream."
The RecycleReady technology aims to divert packaging waste from landfill or incineration, increase post-consumer recycling yields and help to create a circular economy for plastics packaging.
In 2015, Dow in collaboration with SPC and Accredo Packaging produced the Seventh Generation brand's first recyclable dishwasher pods packaging.