A new masterbatch made with post-consumer recycled polyolefin as a carrier resin, launched today by Avient, is designed to make production with 100% PCR an industrial reality.
Until now, masterbatch has generally been made using virgin material as a carrier resin. This means that at typical let-down ratios, the finished product would contain 3 to 5 percent non-recycled plastic.
“We understand that many consider the use of colorants and additives that rely on virgin resin carriers to nullify the claim of 100 percent PCR, so we worked to develop a solution that could help our customers deliver fully on their sustainability commitments,” said Bob Lee, marketing director, Color & Additives Asia at Avient.
Developed for polyolefin packaging applications in customisable colors and special effects, Avient is marketing the product under the brand name Rejoin PCR Masterbatch.
As a masterbatch product, it combines pigments and functional additives into a single solution without negatively affecting colour or mechanical properties. It can be added during production using standard equipment with little to no impact on processing, and allows for full recyclability of the end product.
Rejoin PCR Masterbatch is commercially available in major global markets.