Bekum (Berlin, Germany) is focused on three packaging material developments heading into Interpack 2017: Newly developed EPET IV materials and the inclusion of cost-saving calcium carbonate (chalk) or recycled plastics between layers of virgin material.
Recycling of plastic wraps, bags and other film packaging grew 34 million pounds 2015 to nearly 1.2 billion pounds for the year. Also, 67% of rigid plastics collected in 2015 were recycled in the U.S and Canada.
What if you could make a milk jug with 30% less material because it's mechanically better? Researchers make polyethylene and polypropylene plastics compatible to create a new, mechanically tough polymer.