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Ultra Clear Polypropylene for Recyclable Pots, Tubs and Trays

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Ultra Clear Polypropylene for Recyclable Pots, Tubs and Trays
Polypropylene, pots, trays and tubs fully recyclable
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Benefits
Packaging Reduction, Product Waste Reduction, Recycled content/recyclability, Resource efficiency (e.g. filling line efficiency)

Product Categories
Food, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Plastic – rigid

Relevant Packaging Formats
Bottles and jars, Closures and dispensers (including: triggers, dosing aids, reseal and reclose devices etc.)

Supply Chain Phase
Raw materials / Ingredients

Details

Consumers like to see what they are buying. Therefore, for a lot of goods there is an understandable preference for transparent packaging. The sometimes perceived milky appearance of polypropylene has meant that it has not been able to satisfy the prerequisite for transparency in many packaging designs; until now. Millad® NX™ 8000 gives polypropylene (PP) a clarity boost that overcomes the undesirable milky appearance of PP in thermoforming and injection molding, creating highly-attractive transparency similar to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and Polystyrene (PS) for sheet and finished applications such as pots, tubs, trays, clamshells and containers. Consumers also want to recycle. As the curbside collection of plastic pots, tubs and trays (PTTs) becomes increasingly common in the UK, it is just as important to have commercially viable end markets for this material to be recycled. Engagement is essential across the whole supply chain, particularly among retailers and brand owners who would like to consider materials which can be recycled economically. They are also being encouraged to specify more recycled content in their non-food packs.

Potential Benefits

Millad® NX™ 8000 gives polypropylene (PP) a clarity boost that overcomes the undesirable milky appearance of PP in thermoforming and injection molding, creating highly-attractive transparency similar to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and Polystyrene (PS) for sheet and finished applications such as pots, tubs, trays, clamshells and containers. Consumers also want to recycle. As the curbside collection of plastic pots, tubs and trays (PTTs) becomes increasingly common in the UK, it is just as important to have commercially viable end markets for this material to be recycled. Engagement is essential across the whole supply chain, particularly among retailers and brand owners who would like to consider materials which can be recycled economically. They are also being encouraged to specify more recycled content in their non-food packs.

Intellectual Property

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Contacts and Further Information

Paul Darby, Key Account Manager Paul.Darby@milliken.com +44 (0) 161 7283487 Millikenchemical.com

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