AUSTRIA • The company’s BarrierPack Recyclable fully recyclable plastic laminate for pre-made pouches and FFS roll stock has just been honoured for technological innovation. The addition of an extra layer to the construction now provides a gas barrier that greatly extends the material’s potential applications.
The product captured the attention of judges for the 2018 Plastics Recycling Europe Awards, which on April 25 in Amsterdam, named it as the “Best Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling.” This award recognises companies “that have instigated, developed or applied innovative technologies and provide quantifiable benefits in areas such as production efficiency, quality standards, product performance or profitability.”
BarrierPack Recyclable laminate is a highly sustainable material with performance properties equivalent to conventional alternatives and fully compatible with existing industrial recycling streams. Now, thanks to a recent innovation, it’s suitable for more applications.
The material is stiffer, stronger and lighter than a conventional PET/PE laminate of the same thickness and it can be formed directly on form/fill/seal (FFS) machines as well as used for pre-made packaging. The initial moisture barrier provided by BarrierPack Recyclable made it ideal for applications such as dry food, food ingredients, personal care and pet-care applications. But now, with the recent addition of an additional gas barrier layer between the PE layers, the material is also suitable for such uses as modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for food products.