Revolutionary Food-Grade Resin Made from Recycled Stretch FilmRevolutionary Food-Grade Resin Made from Recycled Stretch Film
Revolution gains clearance for clear PCR-LLDPE resin made from mechanically recycled stretch film.
October 30, 2023
The US FDA issued a Letter of No Objection (LNO) for Revolution's proprietary recycling method to produce post-consumer recycled, linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE PCR) made from recycled stretch film for food contact applications.
Clear PCR produced under Revolution's process can be used at recycled content levels up to 100% in the manufacture of food contact articles for all dry and wet, raw, and processed foods including fats and oil, dairy, beverages, aqueous products, and all types of dry solids for hot/boiling, frozen, refrigerated, and room temperature conditions of use.
Revolution claims that this is the broadest Conditions of Use (COU) in the industry for LLDPE PCR.
The LNO announcement is the latest milestone from Revolution's ongoing work to bring recycled material innovations to the food packaging sector. The food grade-quality PCR stems from Revolution's proprietary Sustainable Loop mechanical recycling method, which previously received a LNO in 2021 for white LLDPE PCR processed from agricultural polytube using the same circular approach.
Both clear and white LLDPE PCR offers converters and brands a much-needed, viable recycled resin for flexible film food packaging applications such as stand-up pouches and frozen food bags.
As brands and retailers seek out ways to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve ESG goals to meet the growing demand for sustainability from consumers and regulatory agencies, this new sustainable film option further opens the door for sustainable plastic solutions that can impact targets outlined by consortiums like the U.S. Plastics Pact and its Roadmap to 2025.
PCR stretch film helps companies meet sustainable goals.
As a founding activator of the U.S. Plastics Pact, Revolution shares its vision to ensure that 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025, and garnering the LNO for both clear and white LLDPE PCR resins could be instrumental in helping partners achieve the Pact's goals.
"We are extremely proud of the rigorous standards and processes put in place by our team to produce the highest quality, food grade LLDPE PCR available on the market," says Sean Whiteley, Revolution CEO. "By expanding our offering to now include clear PCR, we aim to continue setting an example of what is possible for the future of stretch film and other plastics, and to fuel the quick adoption and normalization of mechanically recycled materials as an effective, sustainable solution for the food packaging industry and beyond."
Earlier this year, Revolution announced a partnership with Charter Next Generation (CNG), a major producer of high-performance specialty films used in flexible packaging and other end-use markets, to facilitate the introduction of food grade LLDPE PCR into their product portfolio. CNG, along with other industry leaders like Pregis, Berry Global, and SEE (formerly Sealed Air) currently offer Revolution's line of PCR resins in their flexible film products, and the introduction of clear food grade LLDPE PCR will expand options for new innovations in recycled packaging.
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