RAUNHEIM, Germany, October 29, 2020 – TOPAS Advanced Polymers has announced that its TOPAS® cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) products have earned certification as recyclable materials by the European independent testing lab, Institut cyclos-HTP, based in Aachen, Germany. TOPAS plastics are the first cyclic olefin resins in the industry to be deemed recyclable with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) for film and injection molding uses.
TOPAS® COC has been certified as a recyclable polyolefin as part of the EU initiative for a circular economy. “This designation is a major development for brand owners, manufacturers, and processors who seek recycled packaging solutions to meet today’s sustainability needs,” said Wilfried Hatke, sales and marketing manager, EMEA, for TOPAS Advanced Polymers. “COC is a key enabler and opens many opportunities in shrink labels for decoration and other applications such as polyolefin-based high-barrier films and recyclable pouches.”
The findings by Institut cyclos-HTP conclude that COC can be considered a valuable material in post-consumer mixed low density PE, mixed polyolefin, and polypropylene recycling streams. Consequently, PE and PP formulations modified with COC can be considered fully recyclable in their respective waste streams.
Moreover, in view of the fact that current multilayer packaging usually contains polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyamide (PA), or other polymers required for a functional package, COC with its intrinsic stiffness and barrier properties can help to develop attractive, functional, and fully recyclable polyolefin solutions.
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About Institut cyclos-HTP
Institut cyclos-HTP is the leading institution in Europe for the evaluation and optimization of packaging with regard to its recyclability. As early as 2011, the first ever recognized and practicable standard for certification in this field was developed based on profound expert knowledge. Visit https://www.cyclos-htp.de/publications/r-a-catalogue/ for more information.
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