Nova Chemicals Paves the Way with FDA-Compliant Mechanically Recycled Polyethylene
- 09-Mar-2023 12:57 PM
- Journalist: Nicholas Seifield
Calgary [Canada]: Nova Chemicals is leading the charge towards a greener future with their newly introduced food-contact resin that complies with FDA regulations. Their new grade of high-density recycled Polyethylene (HDPE) debuted earlier this year and has been included in the Syndigo rPE portfolio. This innovative solution presents a responsible option for businesses looking to reduce their environmental footprint while also meeting safety standards.
“Nova Chemicals gaining FDA-compliance for its mechanically recycled HDPE is an important step in the development of more widespread use of recycled polymers for difficult food contact applications, moving the packaging world closer to a more truly circular plastics economy.”
Syndigo’s rPE-0860-FC resin has made it possible to use recycled Polyethylene in food packaging goods with fewer emissions than traditional, virgin Polyethylene. Derived from natural high-density Polyethylene milk jugs, this resin is perfect for use in a range of flexible and rigid food packaging styles.
Nova Chemicals director of mechanical recycling, lan Schrob explained: “Adding the first food-contact rPE to the SYNDIGO portfolio increases rPE usage and underscores our commitment to eliminating plastic waste and reducing the carbon footprint of plastic packaging.
“Achieving the high level of performance needed for use in food contact puts this recycled resin in a field with few others and allows our customers to target the most demanding applications.”
Nova Chemicals is striving to provide more sustainable products and packaging with their newly developed rPE-0860-FC. This eco-friendly material is especially beneficial for converters and brand owners who are looking to reduce their environmental footprint.
To further this commitment, Nova Chemicals recently signed a long-term agreement with Canadian recycler Merlin Plastics. This agreement will increase the supply of post-consumer recyclate (PCR) available in North America, allowing for even greener product solutions by Nova Chemicals.