Innovia Films is launching Encore, a new family of recyclable BOPP films. According to the company, the range is manufactured from renewable non-food based raw materials, helping to reduce the use of fossil-based virgin raw materials.
Innovia also reports that its Encore packaging and labelling film range will have exactly the same properties as equivalent fossil-based BOPP films - high clarity and gloss, high stiffness, excellent water vapour barrier and printability. Encore has reportedly already been assessed by Interseroh, an independent German recycling and consulting company, and has received their highest rating – thus apparently confirming it has the potential to be fully recyclable.
Steve Langstaff, business manager, Packaging states: “We have calculated using our in-house Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) programme, that by using renewable polymer we can determine that Encore films offer reductions in carbon footprint. The Encore film range has an International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC PLUS) using a mass balance approach. They are suitable for use in all market segments currently using BOPP films.”
The first two grades of Encore film to be launched will be announced in the coming weeks, one will be a low-temperature heat seal film for packaging and one for pressure-sensitive labelling applications.
Langstaff continues: “This represents the first step in our journey to produce more sustainable films, with the next step being products that contain recycled post-consumer content. We have agreements in place and hope to be able to launch the first of these in 2022.”