UK compounder Polystar Plastics has developed a new post-consumer waste polyethylene material containing up to 100% recycled materials.
PCWflexTM films incorporate UK sourced post-consumer waste (pcw), which is used to create the middle layers of a co-extruded film structure.
The company said it uses recipes that contain varying amounts of the recycled polymer to deliver the same robust performance, optical clarity and line efficiency as virgin grade PE.
The new grades can be applied across much of Polystar’s product range and are 100% recyclable.
Non-shrink films start at 30% but can contain up to 100% PCW polymers, while shrink film recipes can include up to 50% PCW polymers without losing any functionality.
“Our PCWflexTM films are some of the greenest products on the market. The development of this new material has been driven by customers who are under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon footprint and future tax liabilities,” said Suchin Talwar, Polystar’s commercial director, commenting on the new product.
The materials, he said, significantly reduce the requirement for virgin grade P