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Nova Chemicals and Pregis Partner to Develop Sustainable Packaging for Food Applications 

by | May 2, 2023

NOVA Chemicals, a global leader in the production of polyethylene resins, and Pregis, a leading manufacturer of flexible and protective packaging, are collaborating to deliver high-performing sustainable packaging solutions for food applications used in stand-up pouches (SUPs), fitmented pouches, and lay-flat bags. 

“As part of our commitment to circularity, we’re proud to bring our first mechanically recycled food-contact grade to market,” said Alan Schrob, Director of Mechanical Recycling at NOVA Chemicals. “We have a long history as a supplier to Pregis and believe that this collaboration will deliver new solutions that support the growing brand owner demand for high quality, food-safe recycled content.” 

The resin to be used in this collaboration is NOVA Chemicals’ recycled polyethylene, SYNDIGO™ rPE-0860-FC resin. It leverages state-of-the-art production technology and is a low-carbon solution allowing for superior performance ideally suited for food packaging applications. Excellent printability and clarity are achieved in the final product because of the outstanding aesthetic features. 

Through its efforts in light weighting and advanced film technologies, Pregis has been a key driver in leading the circular economy for plastics. The company focuses on sustainable innovation and has significantly invested in custom equipment, technical resources, and processes. These investments further enhance its capabilities to provide circular flexible packaging for the market.  

NOVA Chemicals is focused on applying its food safety and regulatory knowledge to recycled polyethylene. This results in an approach that goes beyond the FDA-LNO (letter of non-objection) and demonstrates NOVA Chemicals’ capabilities. The companies have co-developed high-performing product packaging that explores optimal recycled content incorporation.  

Pregis sees immense promise in its partnership with NOVA Chemicals. “We are excited to work with NOVA Chemicals to develop flexible food packaging solutions that deliver on sustainability without compromising performance,” said Jonathan Quinn, Director of Market Development and Sustainability at Pregis. “The NOVA Chemicals name is synonymous with quality and safety. This food contact rPE grade is evidence of their thorough approach to both safety and quality. Because of the partnership with NOVA, our customers and supply chain partners can have total trust and confidence that we are incorporating the highest quality and safest rPE in the North American market.” 

NOVA Chemicals and Pregis are dedicated to meeting customers’ evolving needs while reducing their environmental footprint. By collaborating on developing food-safe circular packaging, brand owners and retailers can now access options that allow their products and packaging to directly contribute to a circular economy for plastics. 

Image courtesy of Nova Chemicals

Source: Nova Chemicals press release

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