Global companies move from recycled plastic

Eastman is now supplying its Tritan Renew branded recycled resin to Tupperware Brands Corporation for use in making containers. | Courtesy of Tupperware Brands Corporation.

Three fresh plastic manufacturers are expanding their range of recycled resins, and a chemically recycled copolyester is found in Tupperware containers for food and beverages.

Recycled PE for films: According to a press release, Nova Chemicals announced the availability of three resins made from 100% post-consumer PE. The Calgary, Alberta-based plastics maker offers a natural LLDPE / LDPE made from plastic scrap at the distribution center that is suitable for shrink, stretch film and e-commerce applications, according to a press release. It offers a natural LLDPE / LDPE made from agricultural films that is suitable for use in new Ag films, high performance mailing bags, collation shrinking or e-commerce applications. And Nova offers a white LLDPE made from agricultural films that is suitable for use in new Ag films, high performance mailing bags, collation shrink, garbage bags and liners, and e-commerce applications. Last fall, Nova announced supply agreements with the reclaimers Merlin Plastics and Revolution.

Ocean plastic joint: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has released a PC / PET compound made with at least 10% mechanically recycled RPET. According to a press release, the PET in the new XENOY compound comes from areas where there is a risk of the plastic getting into the ocean. The connection is suitable for a number of applications including electronics and automotive. A representative from SABIC discussed this and other recycling-related efforts during the plastics recycling conference last week.

50% recycled copolyester: Eastman is now supplying its Tritan Renew branded recycled resin to Tupperware Brands Corporation for use in making containers. To make Tritan Renew, Eastman, a Kingsport, Tennessee-based plastics and chemicals maker, depolymizes low-quality polyester scrap and mixes the resulting base chemicals into the company’s plastics manufacturing facilities. The resulting product, already used in Camelbak and Nalgene products, contains up to 50% recycled content. An Eastman leader spoke at the Plastics Recycling Conference last week about the company’s chemical recycling marketing efforts. A press release indicates that Tupperware Brands will use the plastic in containers with a clear, glass-like design. This is not the first time Tupperware Brands has used chemically recycled plastic: over a year ago the company announced that it was using chemically recycled polyolefins from SABIC.

Recycled Resin Portfolio: The plastics manufacturer LyondellBasell has launched a range of polymer products with recycled content under the name Circulen. The portfolio includes CirculenRecover, resins made by mechanical recycling processes, CirculenRevive, plastics made by chemical recycling, and CirculenRenew, plastics based on alternative raw materials such as used edible oils. The portfolio is currently only available in Europe, but will soon be sold in North America and China, according to a press release. Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the company aims to sell 2 million tonnes of recycled and “renewable polymers” annually by 2030.

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