Saica Flex, a division of Saica Group, has developed and placed in the market a detergent tablet pouch using recycled material. The pouch is produced using recycled Polyethylene (PE) and represents a project where virgin resin has been successfully replaced by recycled resin in up to 45% of the total weight of the pack, making an important step towards the circular economy of plastic packaging.

“This project shows our commitment towards achieving a truly circular economy, especially for plastic packaging, in line with the strategy set by the EU Commission. Today, the options to produce new high quality value-added packaging from recycled materials are still quite limited, and that’s why this project represents a major step forward”, said Miguel Yetano, Marketing Director, Saica Flex. “In order to move successfully towards an effective circular economy, a firm commitment to innovation and cooperation between all stakeholders in the supply chain is essential. Saica Flex’s new Greenheart packaging line represents our commitment to a sustainable production and consumption model”.

Greenheart, the new packaging line from Saica Flex, allows the replacement of virgin PE with recycled PE in a wide range of non-food applications. In this particular project, the recycled content was successfully introduced to up to 45% of the total pack, obtaining pouches with similar characteristics to those produced with virgin materials and with optimum results both in the packaging conversion and in the form-fill-seal process.

The recycled material is been provided  by Saica Natur Cycle Plus, which produces a high quality recycled low density polyethylene resin (rLDPE) that can be used in the production of new primary packaging. Natur Cycle Plus resin is certified by EuCertPlast as 100% post-consumer recycled content.