Jindal Films has started the production of its Ethy-Lyte range of bi-axially oriented, high-density polyethylene (BOPE) films, with the aim of enabling the creation of fully recyclable mono-PE packaging solutions.

The solutions have been designed to replace OPET or OPA films in lamination with PE sealant films.

Ethy-Lyte is based on a technology enabled by an advanced bi-axial orientation process that transforms polyethylene into a range of films which, according to the company, deliver “outstanding heat resistance and excellent mechanical and optical properties” for printing, converting, packaging performance, and product protection.

Laminated with PE sealants, Jindal says that its new solutions can help create fully recyclable mono-PE packaging structures that are compatible with existing and expected future recycling streams.

The Ethy-Lyte range of films can be used for a variety of packaging formats, including VFFS, HFFS and SUP. The main compatible market segments include dry food, pet food, frozen food, processed food, detergents, personal care, and non-food.

In a press release, Mirek Tokaj, marketing director at Jindal Films, said: “Guidelines from CEFLEX and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation recommend that polyolefin containing laminates should not include, amongst others, paper, PET, nylon, and aluminum foil to enable efficient sorting and mechanical recycling. Innovations such as Ethy-Lyte will help the industry meet increasing demand across Europe for ’designed for recycling’ mono-material solutions

“Ethy-Lyte can play a significant role in shifting the packaging industry from using laminates that are difficult to recycle to PE-rich laminates that are ’recycle-ready’ for current or future sorting and recycling streams.”