Indevco Plastics has introduced print-grade shrink bundling film for multi-packs that delivers a circular plastics solution. Using 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin, the collation shrink film is fully recyclable at store drop-off locations across the United States.
Based in Longview, TX, Indevco Plastics co-developed the film with Dow, a fellow member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste for food and beverage manufacturers who bundle products in multi-unit packages. Dow’s PCR resin, first introduced for shrink applications in North America in October, contains 70% certified PCR sourced from a reliable local US supply.
“In our partnership with Dow, we focused on the right resin selection, film thickness, and impact on the waste stream,” explained Wayne Mashe, Indeveco Plastics Divisional General Manager. “The result is a high-performing collation shrink that not only meets market requirements but also uses half the virgin resins and can be recycled and repurposed into other products.”
The low-gauge, high-strength collation shrink film is available as plain or print-ready rolls, and has passed an array of tests for mechanical, optical, and processing properties. The unprinted film is devoid of ink, allowing the package design of products within to advertise themselves; or the film can be printed by packaging converters, said Indevco.
The 50% recycled content allows Indevco to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during production and helps its customers’ customers — consumers — keep waste out of landfills and the environment. “Both of these help our customers contribute to a circular economy,” said Jay Bodine, Indevco Plastics Plant Manager.
In addition to PCR resins, Indevco Plastics can produce shrink bundling film using post-industrial recycled resin from its own waste stream.