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Dow introduces recyclable polyethylene packaging solution in India

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) has introduced a fully recyclable polyethylene packaging solution in India.

The company has developed an advanced formulation of polyethylene (PE) resins to produce sustainable all PE laminate solution with flexible packaging applications.

Currently used flexible packaging solutions include multiple layers of different polymers and additives, which are incompatible during the recycling process.

The firm’s new mono-material all PE laminate packaging solution can be fully recycled at the end of its lifecycle.

Dow said the Indian brand owners and consumers are depending on flexible plastic packaging due to convenience, lightweight and advanced barrier properties.

The new rules on plastic waste management have been issued by the ministry of state for environment, forest and climate change of India to implement better plastic disposal practices and eliminate non-recyclable and multi-polymer packaging.

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics Asia Pacific commercial vice president Bambang Candra said: "Dow encourages the responsible production, disposal and recycling of plastic, and our all new all PE laminate solution looks at addressing the – flexible plastic waste management in India by allowing for full recyclability.

“We are excited by the new product and will be working closely with local brand owners to implement our new solution to help them meet regulations around the reduction of usage of multi-polymer plastics to save the environment."

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics provides technologies and solutions for different sectors such as packaging, health and hygiene, transportation, consumer and infrastructure.

In December 2017, the company announced its support for the first quantitative study to reduce plastic waste in Japan.

Dow will provide financial assistance to study the impact of plastic waste and debris on the Edogawa River and the Ohori River of the Kanto prefecture in Japan.