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As the industry searches for the ideal polymer for complex packaging needs, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) has emerged as a major contender. Its versatility, performance, and — most notably — its ability to be recycled make it a strong material option for many applications, including for food contact. Benefits of PET rollstock include:
PET is highly customizable and adaptable, can be colored to suit your needs, and performance additives can be incorporated to ensure it meets specifications. The material can also be used in a range of processes, including thermoforming. The result is a durable, high-quality packaging solution that works well for many applications, including food contact.
PET already has a reputation for sustainability due to its recyclability — there is even a robust recycling stream dedicated to the reclamation of clear PET bottles. The material offers a sustainable solution in line with circular-economy goals for certain applications. Recycled PET can be used in a vast array of applications. However, special care must be taken to ensure that recycled materials are safe if they are to be used for food contact. It is also important to note that adding any barrier materials makes PET unrecyclable.
● Symmetrical & asymmetrical configurations
● Clear & clear-tints
● Custom color matching
● Application-based barrier specifications
● Specialty topical additive coating including anti-fog
● Performance additive integration including oxygen scavengers
● Freezer Grade
PET is a strong, sustainable material that can be used in many applications, making it an enticing choice for packaging. However, it does come with its drawbacks.
While it is sustainable, the material can only be recycled in highly specific iterations; PET that is not clear, has added barrier materials, or is contaminated with food cannot be reused. This has led the U.S. Plastics Pact to classify opaque or pigmented PET as a “problematic or unnecessary material” which creates waste that cannot be recycled. Additionally, upgrading production lines to use PET in form-fill-seal applications can represent a significant cost investment: roughly $1 million dollars of investment per FFS line.
For certain applications, particularly FFS, a new solution is needed — and ICPG is leading the charge. Our advanced XPP® polypropylene material is truly sustainable, food-safe, and can be used as a drop-in replacement for PS on FFS equipment, reducing the capital investment and time necessary to upgrade your existing process.
If you’re looking to upgrade your production processes and make a real impact, XPP is the ideal solution for PS application replacement
Looking for the perfect packaging solution for your applications? A material solutions expert at ICPG can help you determine the best fit polymer for your needs.
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