“One-Pellet Solution” Targets Use of Post-Consumer Content in Flexible Packaging
Westlake Corporation today announced the launch of PIVOTAL, a line of “one-pellet solutions” for the introduction of post-consumer resin (PCR) into flexible packaging. PIVOTAL offers customers a more sustainable material for use in the production of non-FDA applications.
Westlake developed PIVOTAL to enable customers to maintain the performance levels of their applications while incorporating up to 45% PCR. Rigorous quality control during sourcing and manufacturing ensures that the product provides customers with properties comparable to that of virgin resin. This one-pellet solution is emerging as a more sustainable option for both monolayer and multilayer film applications.
In October 2022, PIVOTAL received GreenCircle certification. GreenCircle Certified conducted an independent, third-party evaluation to certify the PCR feedstock as being derived from post-consumer sources as well as to verify the PCR loading in each PIVOTAL offering. This certification was conducted in accordance with ISO14021 and FTC Green Guides while meeting the requirements of LEED v4 & v4.1 MR Credit: Sourcing of Raw Materials.
“Achieving GreenCircle certification assures our customers that their PCR supply chain is truly 100% post-consumer sourced. This highlights our ongoing commitment to sustainability and transparency with our customers,” said Amy Moore, Westlake vice president, polyethylene.
The introduction of the PIVOTAL product line continues Westlake’s ongoing sustainability journey. PIVOTAL joins Westlake’s portfolio of more environmentally-friendly products, including Westlake Vinnolit’s GreenVin lower-carbon PVC and Westlake Pipe & Fittings’ molecular-oriented PVC (PVCO) pipe.
In February 2022, Westlake announced its 2030 target to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 equivalent emissions per ton of production by 20% by 2030 from a 2016 baseline. In May 2023, Westlake issued five additional sustainability goals on its website, centered around water, health and safety, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and the circular economy.
Westlake will issue its 2022 sustainability report in October 2023.
Source: Company Press Release