Mitsubishi Chemical introduces SoarnoL ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer resins that are compatible for PE film recycling; films containing 15% by weight of SoarnoL combined with 30% weight Soaresin RG500 can be fully recycled

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July 20, 2022 (press release) –

 

Up To 15 weight% Are Certified Recyclable

The Mitsubishi Chemical Group’s SoarnoL™ ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) resins, with an ethylene content ≥ 29mol% can be considered as recycling compatible for polyethylene film recycling. In combination with Soaresin™  RG500 it can be considered as valuable material for polyethylene film recycling. Even if a multilayer packaging film contains 15 weight percentage (wt%) SoarnoL, it can be fully recycled if it contains at least 30wt% Soaresin RG500 to SoarnoL.
 
This has been confirmed by the Institute cyclos-HTP GmbH, an independent European test laboratory. The tests were carried out according to their official method, the Recycling Compatibility Test for LDPE flexible Packaging (CHI-C8-PEF-1) and the Blown-Film Application Tests PE-based (CHI-C8-BFPE). The certified compatibility of the examined SoarnoL in combination with Soaresin RG500 in the waste stream of flexible packaging applies to both injection molding and film to film recycling.
 
SoarnoL is the trade name of EVOH resins based on the Mitsubishi Chemical Group’s proprietary technology. Thanks to its superior gas barrier properties, it is used predominantly in food packaging applications. Soaresin RG500 is a special recycling compatibilizer designed for use in EVOH multilayer packaging.
 
“We are confident the results obtained from the recycling test at the Institute cyclos-HTP GmbH can extend the potential applications of SoarnoL in sustainable packaging and hereby contribute to a circular economy”, said Domenico de Angelis, head of sales & marketing packaging Europe, BU Polymers at the Mitsubishi Chemical Group in Europe. “The test results also provide evidence that SoarnoL in coextruded structures with sufficiently polyethylene tie layer and Soaresin RG500 are both fully recyclable, even if the content of SoarnoL is more than 5wt% , which is the current threshold limit according to European design for recycling guidelines.”
 
●About the Mitsubishi Chemical Group
The Mitsubishi Chemical Group is a specialty materials company that operates in four business fields: Performance Products, Chemicals, Industrial Gases, and Health Care. Around 70,000 employees around the world support people's daily lives and global businesses by providing advanced chemistry-based solutions in the electronics, healthcare & life science, as well as other selected markets. Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Prime Market, with consolidated sales revenue of 3,976.9 billion yen in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.
 For further information, please visit our website: https://www.mitsubishichem-hd.co.jp/english/
For further information on SoarnoL™, please visit: http://www.soarnol.com/eng/
 
●About Institute cyclos-HTP GmbH
Founded in May 2014 with its head office in Aachen, Institute cyclos-HTP GmbH is a company specialized in the classification, assessment, and certification of recyclability of packaging and goods as well as in research and development in this area. As early as 2011, the first ever recognized and practicable standard for certification in these areas was developed based on sound expert knowledge. Managing directors of the Institute cyclos are Sandra Beckamp und Dr Joachim Christiani.
Further information at: www.cyclos-htp.de

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