A major breakthrough in the development of recycled polypropylene (PP) is claimed by UK-based Systems Labelling.
PP means is the third most common polymer found in household waste in the UK, after high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). But, unlike milk and drinks bottles, it is used in many different grades and colours, making it difficult to recycle.
Now Systems Labelling has developed the R-IML, a “totally removable inmould label that does exactly what it says on the tub, lid or container”. Post-use, says the company, this patent pending product can be completely removed during the recycling process or indeed by the consumer.
While the R-IML can be moulded at standard dwell times and temperatures, and perform in moist, chilled, damp or microwave conditions, the environmental benefits it offers are said to be “huge if adopted across all sectors”. The ability to recycle natural/clear or white PP to its original state displaces the use of virgin resin in consumer product packaging for colour-sensitive applications, providing a commercial value for all stakeholders.
Systems Labelling CEO Steve Pickford comments “This innovation will contribute directly to the sustainability objectives set out in the Courtauld Commitment. It is set to revolutionise the inmould labelling market.”
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