Mono-material is an emerging trend in recyclable packaging, and plastic resin producers across the world are pouring their efforts into developing innovative solutions. These materials eliminate the need for material separation and risks of tainting a recycling stream, making recyclability easier to achieve. However, challenges remain due to their inability to deliver functional performance that consumers expect - specifically sufficient barrier performance to keep food safe!
What are the recent developments by plastic resin manufacturers to produce improved high barrier resins?
What innovations or the use of additives, coating technologies are available to ensure barrier performance, better sealability, heat resistance, and protection from odor and mineral oils?
In the area of thermoform trays, many food manufacturers are transitioning to mono materials – in many cases PET/rPET as the material. Still there exist many trays in the market that have a combination of materials, such as PET, being used for the body of the tray, with a laminated PE base film being used to bond the packaging together.
How about the labels and cellulose absorbent pads that are glued in and not suitable for easy removal in recycling plants ?
Recyclable Mono Material Packaging Solutions has lined up a top panel of experts in the packaging supply chain to share about the innovations & challenges in switching to mono materials while maintaining product quality!