Borealis and the Vibac group have designed a new film based on BOPP for food packaging, supposed to facilitate sorting in PP recycling channels.
The ‘V-Fresh’ film is produced with a grade from Vibac’s Bonewables portfolio, which consists of ‘circular polyolefins wholly derived from waste streams and residues’. These grades claim to provide the same performance properties as virgin PP while reducing its carbon footprint.
The new packaging is meant to be compatible with mechanical recycling, where it is meant to be “easily sorted” into PP waste streams, and with existing converting machines. It is hoped that by using BOPP, the film will be cost and resource efficient, and extend the shelf life of the food products it contains.
“With Vibac, we have been able to develop another packaging solution that exemplifies our EverMinds ambition, which advances the circularity of plastics through innovation and collaboration across the value chain,” says Peter Voortmans, Global Commercial Director consumer products at Borealis. “Offering high-quality, cost-effective alternatives to fossil raw materials is what we mean by reinventing the essentials for more sustainable living.”
Alberto De Paoli, Managing Director of Vibac, adds: “The combination of our expertise in BOPP films with the know-how in polyolefins and recycling provided by Borealis enables us to respond to consumer demand for more environmentally friendly packaging. climate. At the same time, we can still deliver the premium safety, freshness and organoleptic qualities that buyers have come to expect. »
In 2020, Innovia Films launched Encore, its line of recyclable BOPP films; they were supposed to be produced from non-food renewable raw materials and aimed to reduce dependence on fossil raw materials in the manufacture of packaging. Three months later, he announced ‘the first carbon neutral BOPP label film’, Still C45n.
More recently, NOVA Chemicals has sought to replace BOPP and BOPET with a new HDPE resin technology for machine direction and biaxially oriented films, designed to enable the production of all-PE recyclable packaging.