They are developing the first food packaging made of recycled plastic

Šabić, in cooperation with Scientex, set a number of goals to facilitate the development of materials for the production of the world’s first flexible food packaging made from ocean bound plastic (OBP) advanced recycling.

This material is made of certified circular polypropylene (PP) author Šabić. It is currently used in premium brand noodle packaging sold in Malaysia.

We are proud to offer our customers circular solutions to reduce plastic waste that might otherwise end up in our rivers and oceans. “This flexible food packaging containing OBP is linked to our Trucircle program for circular solutions,” declared Abdullah Al Otaiband, General Manager, Thermoplastic Engineering Business Unit and Petrochemical Market Solutions at SABIC.

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How is ocean plastic used?

OBP is abandoned plastic waste and can be found in areas extending up to 50 km of waterways. As time passes, these losing They can be washed away by rains, rivers or tides until they reach the ocean.

  • The project uses OBP that is recovered and transformed into pyrolysis oil through an advanced recycling process. Šabić uses this oil as an alternative raw material for the production of certified circular PP polymer, which is further processed into film. biooriented polypropylene (BOPP).

Šabić’s certified circular PP, which has 30% OBP content included in the mass balance, has the same characteristics as PP based on intact fossils. For this reason, it can be used directly as an alternative in production flexible packaging for foodwithout the need to change existing assets and processes.

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This material is made of circular polypropylene (PP) certified by Sabic

The importance of revaluation and recycling

The European Commission conducted a study in which it is estimated that by 2030, the amount of plastic packaging waste in the region will increase by 19% and could reach 46%.

Due to this situation, European Union (EU) seeks to implement a series of goals that are focused on innovation and development of new materials and packaging, as well as revaluation and recycling processes.

  • In response to this panorama, Technological Institute for Plastics implements the Biotools project funded by the Ministry of Innovation, University, Science and Digital Society of the Generalitat Valenciana.

This project aims to improve processes conversion of agricultural and domestic organic wastein order to turn them into biodegradable bioplastics.

The biotechnology It plays a fundamental role in several sectors, including waste and plastics. In addition, it is a key component in the development of new processes and products that have less impact on the environment or improve the safety of certain items, which is a strategic aspect for its future growth.

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