FLEXcon has announced the expansion of its FLEXcon optiFLEX ecoFOCUS line to include conformable polyethylene labeling solutions that enable recyclability of HDPE containers. Applications include health and beauty.
The products utilize FLEXcon’s V-127RE adhesive to maximize recyclability of HDPE containers. In addition, the TRACrite 1.2 ml polyester liner contains up to 60% post-industrial content.
The films offer conformability to BOPP products, making them suitable for rigid, semi-squeeze and full-squeeze HDPE containers without concerns about darting of labels during use, per the manufacturer.
They are cross-platform printable, supporting flexography, rotary letterpress, rotary screen, narrow-format UV inkjet and HP Indigo. The V-127RE adhesive adheres well to HDPE containers, according to the manufacturer, offering a minimum application temperature of 35°F/1.7°C, and is compliant with FDA 175.105 for indirect food contact.
In undecorated form, both products meet or exceed the Association of Plastic Recycler’s HDPE-CG-01, Critical Guidance Protocol for HDPE colored or natural bottles with resin additives, barriers, layers or closures.
Melissa David, product manager, packaging at FLEXcon, said: "Using a PE film on an HDPE container means you are pairing like polymers—a benefit over using BOPP films on HDPE containers. This better facilitates container recyclability, helping brands and CPG companies achieve their sustainability goals.”