The full PE recyclable mono-material pouch, expected to be a recyclable alternative to multi-material films, is said to decrease packaging thickness using its asymmetrical structure
French energy company TotalEnergies and extrusion lines maker COLINES have developed a successful proof of concept of an Unlaminated Recyclable Stand-Up Pouch.
The Stand-Up Pouch is said to be a fully recyclable polyethylene (PE) solution intended for food-contact applications.
The full PE recyclable mono-material pouch, expected to be a recyclable alternative to multi-material films, is said to decrease packaging thickness using its asymmetrical structure.
According to TotalEnergies, the structure has a low-density sealing layer on one side and a high-density stiff layer on another side.
The Machine Direction Orientation (MDO) film has been produced on the COLINES cast line Polycast as well as the MDO line.
The MDO-PE film formulation consists of the petroleum firm’s Supertough and Lumicene high-density PE to provide a range of thicknesses for different customer needs.
Furthermore, the film is printed by Cirepa, a flexible packaging printing company. It is then converted into a Stand-Up Pouch by Dry-Top, a packaging firm.
TotalEnergies Polymers Europe & Orient vice president Olivier Greiner said: “This collaboration is in line with the recent developments to provide packaging solutions that are fully mechanically recyclable, with the end goal to bring more qualitative feedstock on the market.
“This latter could be used as feedstock for the recycling industry and eventually end up as RE:use polymers, part of the RE:clic range supporting our ambition of producing 30% circular polymers by 2030.
“This development was made possible by our broad Lumicene and Supertough product range bringing outstanding processability as well as excellent mechanical and optical properties.”
TotalEnergies, Windmöller & Hölscher, and Mitsubishi Chemical Group have just completed another proof of concept for the High Barrier Stand-Up Pouch.
The solution is claimed to be fully recyclable and suitable for contact-sensitive food packaging.
Earlier this week, the energy firm and plastic recycling firm Paprec signed a long-term commercial deal to create a French value chain for the advanced recycling of plastic film wastes.