Polysack makes the cut, passing stringent APR 2013 recyclability test

December 5, 2013

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.