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RecyClass Certifies Milliken’s Clarifying Agent for PP Recycling in Europe

Published on 2020-10-26. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Formulations and Transparency      Additives for Packaging    

RecyClass, a cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability, confirms that Milliken’s Millad® NX® 8000 ECO technology is fully compatible with polypropylene (PP) recycling processes in Europe and poses no recyclability issues.

RecyClass Approval Applies to the Technology

RecyClass approval applies to the technology itself, while the packaging using the technology must adhere to certain conditions to be considered fully compatible with the PP recycling stream. These include the maximum content of the technology of 0,4% compared to the overall packaging weight.
Testing was conducted by Plastics Forming Enterprise, in accordance with the APR PP Critical and Application Guidance protocol2. Recyclates generated via recycling of packaging containing this clarifying agent can be used in high-quality applications. In this protocol a concentration limit of 50% is tested.

Millad® NX® 8000, including its variants Millad® NX® 8000E, for PP blow molding applications, and Millad® NX® 8000 ECO, a sustainable clarifying agent for PP, is used by many resin producers.

Millad® NX® 8000 Boosts Sustainability

Millad® NX® 8000 not only transforms polypropylene into a crystal-clear alternative to glass, PET, PVC and PC, but boosts sustainability. Compared to previous generation clarifier technologies, it offers faster production rates and average energy savings of 10% in the production of injection molded clarified polypropylene parts. As a result, converters and brand owners can use the UL Environmental Claim Validation label to highlight the energy consumption reductions achieved with its use in a transparent PP product.

In addition to these benefits, Millad® NX® 8000 ECO addresses concerns related to migration, especially in food contact applications, by reducing Specific Migration Limits, or SMLs, without adding any new ingredients to the formulation. Millad® NX® 8000 ECO also maintains a consistent, fresh appearance in all retail lighting, regardless of the presence of UV light from the light source.

Last year, Millad® NX® 8000 clarifier received Critical Guidance Recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), validating that the additive is compatible with plastic packaging recycling. This latest certification further demonstrates that Millad® NX® 8000 technology promotes the increased recyclability of packaging. The technology’s compatibility with recycling is another step closer to the establishment of a genuine circular economy for plastic packaging.

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Source: Milliken
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