Recent substantial investment in new assets now allow us to manufacture a range of high yield BOPP films with optimum barrier performance, carbon neutral films and films that contain an element of recycled content.
High Barrier Films
Our Propafilm™ Strata range provides options that will aid pack simplification to enable easier recycling. They have been designed to be a standalone mono filmic solution or, to be used in laminate constructions to be ‘recycle ready’, or recyclable in countries which have the infrastructure to recycle polypropylene films. We are already working on a large number of projects with our customers to allow for future recycling. These include the replacement of foil and polyester film to produce functional all polyolefin laminates.
We are launching a new family of functional recyclable BOPP films named Encore, which can be manufactured from renewable non-food based, or recycled raw materials which lowers carbon footprint and reduces the use of fossil based resources.
Encore films are managed through ISCC PLUS. The ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) is a globally applicable sustainability certification system that covers all sustainable feedstocks.
Encore films will have the same properties as the equivalent fossil based BOPP film, for example high clarity and gloss, high stiffness, excellent water vapour barrier, printable and recyclable. Encore is therefore suitable for use in all market segments currently using BOPP
The first film in the range to be launched this year (2020) is Encore REF30b. A 30 micron film that is a low temperature heat seal film, sealable on both sides. It is ideal for use in high speed form-fill-seal and overwrap applications giving excellent hot-tack and seal integrity. It is treated on one side to facilitate printing and lamination processes.
We have calculated using our own internal Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that by using renewable raw materials we can determine that Encore REF30b film is carbon neutral (cradle to gate). This represents our first step in our journey with the next being products with recycled content.
We have several options regarding food compliant recycled raw materials. The favoured approach is chemical recycling where we have a supplier agreement in place commencing in 2021.