Bostik has obtained the approval by RecyClass that two of the company's adhesives are compatible with the polyethylene (PE) film recycling stream.

The recyclability approvals delivered by RecyClass concerns the M-Resins™ technology, a pressure sensitive adhesive enabling resealable packaging, and Bostik SF10M, a solvent-free polyurethane laminating adhesive.  Test results confirmed both technologies to be suitable for recycling in a polyethylene (PE) film stream when used in the right conditions.

RecyClass is a comprehensive cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability and to establish a harmonized approach towards recycled content calculation and traceability in Europe. As communicated by Recyclass, the results obtained from the testing for approvals of Bostik’s products contribute to the constructive developments within the Design for Recycling and to improving recycling rates of the PE stream.

Bostik M-Resins for resealable packaging approved for PE recyclingBostik’s reseal M-Resins answer to consumer demands for convenience and providing sustainability by offering considerable material source reduction. M-Resins are used in the food packaging industry to produce resealable films and lids.

Jean-François Le Cam, Market Manager Seal & Reseal EMEA says: “M-Resins™ are not just a product, but a real technology. Today we are able to offer full peelable easy-open and reclosable solutions for food trays to packaging makers and brands that can be customized and adapted to their needs. For us, recyclability and fit to a circular economy is a key component of the solution performance.”

In addition, it has been confirmed that the solvent-free PU laminating adhesive “Bostik SF10M” conforms to the European PE film recycling stream and is fully compatible with PE flexibles recycling. 

Cyrille Billouard, Market Manager Lamination EMEA adds: “We know how important it is for our customers, packaging producers and brands to develop products and back their sustainability claims by scientific data. We have started offering solutions thoroughly tested and approved by highly recognized industry players under exhaustive testing protocols as the one from Recyclass. We achieved one important step for the future of Bostik laminating adhesive towards truly recyclable multi-layer packaging. The journey has just started at Bostik.”