Hoffmann Neopac says that it has introduced the market’s first fully recyclable polyethylene-based tubes with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) flip-top caps.

The company hopes that its new mono-material tube and cap combination will overcome a longstanding functionality hurdle for hinged caps, which it says were previously made predominantly from “less recyclable polypropylene (PP) materials”.

Neopac reports that the new tube solutions are a packaging first: fully recyclable tube solutions whose bodies, shoulders, and caps are composed of a single material family, thus simplifying the recycling process. Also available in screw-top formats, the new tubes are apparently suitable for health and beauty, food, and pharma packaging applications.

In addition to the new HDPE flip-top caps, Neopac also is launching a comprehensive portfolio of PE screw caps. Manufactured entirely in-house, the screw caps are available in diameters of 16-40mm.

“Achieved in collaboration with a long-time supplier, the new HDPE flip-top caps overcome the last hurdle to fully recyclable tube packaging – namely, the ability to form functional closures from the same material as the tube body and shoulder,” said Simon Böhlen, development engineer for Neopac.

“Health and beauty, food, and pharmaceuticals brands can now assure their increasingly sustainability-conscious customers that the packaging in which their products are housed has the lowest possible environmental impact, as we move toward a fully circular packaging economy.”

The full PE Cap range is now commercially available for all Neopac’s PE, COEX, EcoDesign, and Polyfoil ranges. Starting November 2020, the recyclable fully mono-material PE Tubes with Flip-top cap will be available as stock solutions with the new printing service DigitAll360°.