The fast pace of modern life has made food and beverage packaging essential for all of us, from that take-out coffee in the morning to the sandwich we buy for lunch, and maybe our evening meal too.
We consume so much packaging material that it has become a considerable part of the overall packaging industry.
Sadly, most food packaging still uses unsustainable materials such as composites of extrusion polymers like LDPE.
Materials such as LDPE do a good job at protecting the food inside the package while keeping essential functions like oil/ grease resistance and moisture resistance.
But they are difficult to recycle economically. So most PE-extruded packaging ends up going to land fill, where it can take 500 -1000 years to degrade. Just think how harmful that is to the long-term health of our planet.
At DSM, our mission is to create products that will enable safe and sustainable food and beverage packaging for many years to come.
Our portfolio of barrier resins offer a recycle able alternative to LDPE coatings. Our multi-functional resins are easy to formulate and are resistant to water (WVTR & COBB*), grease, oil and moisture. Also, they are easy to re-pulp, with almost all the fibre being recovered.
DSM offers a fast and easy transition from PE laminated stock, and with no loss in performance whatsoever, that can be used on existing machinery.
As the world moves towards packaging that’s kinder to the planet, we’re all looking for more sustainable alternatives, especially when it comes to packaging like PE laminates, which are often difficult to recycle.
When you use DSM’s dispersible barrier coatings, repulping stock requires no extra processing. This increases the value of the waste stream and also brings environmental benefits when the final packaging comes to be disposed of.
DSM resins can be applied at the same stage of your dispersion coating process using existing machinery and your own tried and tested processes, so there’s no loss in throughput whatsoever.
More importantly, you can be sure that DSM barrier coatings match, and often exceed, traditional coatings in terms of resistance to water (WVTR & COBB), grease, oil, moisture and heat and they work perfectly fine for functions like heat seal and reworkability. So they give you everything you would expect of a performance product, but with the reassurance of knowing your products are helping protect the environment.
Creating recyclable coatings needn’t be expensive or time consuming. DSM’s know-how and products can help you reduce the number of components used during the formulation process whilst maintaining performance throughout.
Where any formulation adjustments are required for specific line machinery or manufacturing requirements, we can help make this simpler too.
From beginning to end, we can help make starting-up faster while also decreasing production waste and scrap costs compared to PE laminates.
Our global scale and reach means we are best placed to keep you up to date with the latest innovations, trends and market news. So, you can be market-ready for the latest products, often before they’re launched.
In tests and live in the field, products created using DSM resins have shown to be equally as effective as those made with traditional, less eco-friendly materials. Our stringent testing procedures ensure that all our products offer a high level of performance.