Polysack’s longstanding commitment to the environment has prompted the company to consistently manufacture sustainable products. Working closely with customers and recycling agencies to deliver eco-friendly solutions, Polysack is the only commercial MDO (machine direction orientation) high-shrink film provider that has passed the recyclability test of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) in 2013.
The APR, located in Washington, DC, is a national association representing companies committed to recycling plastic, processing over 90 percent of the output of post-consumer plastic in North America.
In October 2012 Polysack’s Polyphane™ FIT STS film passed the Sink and Float Test – an APR sustainability guideline test for ink-free, transparent film, at Plastics Forming Enterprises (PFE) – APR’s authorized lab. A year later, in October 2013, a substantial technological breakthrough was marked when Polyphane™ FIT STS passed APR’s Ink Bleeding Test for printed film.
Most shrink-film labels on PET bottles do not easily separate from the bottle, and therefore fail to float during the recycling process; furthermore, the ink of most films dissolve in the solution during the recycling process, resulting in staining of the recycled plastic. Polyphane™ Fit STS, by contrast, contains a non-halogen material that enables easy separation and floatation. Today Polyphane™ Fit STS is the only commercial MD high-shrink film that enables PET bottles to be recycled.