On cue, one of the largest polyethylene producers in the world, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) has introduced a new formulation of polyethylene (PE) resins to create an all-PE laminate solution for flexible packaging applications.
The multi-layered flexible packaging currently used contains multiple layers of different polymers and additives that make it incompatible during the recycling process.
The brand owners and consumers in India have become increasingly dependent on flexible plastic packaging for its superior qualities such as convenience, being lightweight, affordability and barrier properties. However, the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, the guidelines issued by the Ministry of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India called for the large-scale implementation of proper plastic disposal practices and phasing out non-recyclable, multi-polymer packaging.
Dow's mono-material all-PE laminate packaging can be fully recycled at the end of its lifecycle. The company claims that the new packaging solution does not compromise on aesthetics, brand perception, and performance.
Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice president for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, said, “Dow encourages the responsible production, disposal, and recycling of plastic, and our 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.”
Dow will exhibit the new solution at Plastindia 2018 (Hall 15, Booth H15A9) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 7-12 February 2018.