NOVA Chemicals Develops Recyclable Oxygen Barrier Film Structure Design

Nova ChemicalsNOVA Chemicals Corporation, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a leading supplier of polyethylene in the Americas, has developed an easily recyclable, oxygen-barrier film structure design. Food companies no longer need to make the choice between high-performance barrier packaging and recyclability due to this new development. High-performance, a recyclable flexible packaging is a preferable packaging option for packing products like meat, cheese, nuts, and many snack foods in comparison to the traditionally required rigid or non-recyclable mixed-material packaging.

Having a recipe for moisture-sensitive applications such as dry foods and mixes, frozen foods, and confectionery, the new structure design is an expansion on NOVA chemicals’ recyclable film design. Both base recipes are certified to carry the “In store drop-off” package label from How2Recycle, a rapidly growing program from which consumers can understand end-of-life recycling options. Further, the designs are suitable compatible for the #2 HDPE recycling stream.

Mike Cappelli, food packaging market manager, NOVA Chemicals, said, “This is a win for customers, the industry and the environment. It speaks to the consumer desire for lightweight, economical, and sustainable packaging.”

A wide variety of package formats, including the popular and fast-growing stand-up pouch, pillow pouch, and flow wrapper can use the new structure design. It is to customize the packages e customized for single-serve or multi-use through the addition of zippers or fitments.

NOVA Chemicals’ experts and customers can work together with its Centre for Performance Applications to collaborate on film structures for their specific applications. The Centre recently completed installation of its new Effytec horizontal form fill seal (HFFS) pouch maker, which will allow the creation of prototype packages that can then be tested on-site.

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