Dow launches new recycled plastics resins with up to 100% PCR for shrink films
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Dow launches new recycled plastics resins with up to 100% PCR for shrink films

Dow and RKW Group join forces to develop a shrink film containing household waste recycled plastics

  • By ICN Bureau | June 14, 2024

Dow announces the development and launch of its innovative family of REVOLOOP Recycled Plastics Resins. This launch marks a milestone in Dow’s commitment to advancing circularity and Transforming the Waste.

By 2030, Dow aims to Transform the Waste and commercialize three million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually. To achieve this, Dow is expanding its efforts to advance circular and sustainable packaging. Aligned with these sustainability goals, the launch of REVOLOOP Plastics Resins comes with a new promise to unlock even more value in plastic waste for customers and partners.

Two new grades of REVOLOOP Plastics Resins are launched and are approved for non-food contact packaging applications. One contains 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) and the second one is a formulated grade which contains up to 85% PCR derived from household waste.

“With the launch of our new grades of REVOLOOP Recycled Plastics Resins, we continue to expand our sustainability portfolio, working with brands, converters and recyclers to design new ways to use less plastic in packaging and to help that what is used is fully recyclable,” said Fabrice Digonnet, Plastics Mechanical Recycling Strategy Leader EMEA, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics.

“Our REVOLOOP launch is an exciting evolution in our recycling story and enables us to achieve new circularity and low-carbon targets.”

By combining Dow’s material science expertise with RKW’s extrusion and printing expertise, they are maximizing the value of recycled plastics household waste streams to achieve historically demanding applications. “This collaboration brings a brand-new collation shrink film to the market,” said Konrad Noniewicz, Director R&D & Application Engineering at RKW Group.

“By integrating REVOLOOP 100% PCR and REVOLOOP containing recycled plastics household waste with virgin materials, we create a flexible packaging solution that meets the requirements for mechanical recyclability, ensuring compatibility with existing recycling processes and contributing to the transition towards a circular economy.” The final product is a collation shrink film containing PCR, partially derived from recycled plastics household waste, which meets the high requirements of well-known brand owners around the world.

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