Specialist packaging solutions provider Parkside has introduced a new fully recyclable single polymer laminate, which is made from 100% polyethylene (PE).
The recyclable single polymer laminate, recoflex-PE, is designed to support a circular economy.
Recoflex-PE’s barrier properties and sealing performance are similar to a range of laminates that are mostly in the flexible packaging sector and are not being recycled at present.
Parkside said the laminate design combines two grades of PE to create functionality including better printability, mechanical strength and high barrier.
The functionality will ensure the laminate’s suitability for a range of flexible packaging applications, compared to other standard PE materials on the market.
The recyclable single polymer laminate will be validated with recyclers and the OPRL scheme. Recoflex-PE can be utilized for majority of flow wraps, pouches or bags that need a high barrier, and are not designed for use in elevated temperatures.
Recoflex-PE can also be used for nuts and snacks, most cheeses, coffee, protein powders and nutrition packaging, as well as high barrier lidding films for protein foods.
Parkside innovation director Phil O’Driscoll said: “We pride ourselves on creating progressive and innovative packaging that meets the needs of both the market and the consumer. recoflex-PE is our latest creation that fits into this mantra and we are truly proud of bringing a new fully recyclable product to market which is easy to dispose for the consumer.”
The first market launch of recoflex-PE is expected after the completion of production trials with customers.
Parkside combines flexographic printing with lamination, laser and intelligent technologies to deliver advanced packaging expertise.
In August this year, Parkside invested in laser equipment to create new business opportunities.
A new laser investment allows laser scoring across two sides of a single film or laminate to create easy-open and reclose pack designs.
The laser technology can be used in several packaging applications from flexible packaging to easy-peel vented lidding for ready meal packs.
In 2015, Parkside invested in a new product development facility in Normanton alongside a new, fully equipped laboratory to support its customers’ innovation processes.