High-Density Biaxially-Oriented Polyethylene (HD‑BOPE)

New technology marks major milestone in pursuit of a plastics circular economy

Brand owners and consumers are demanding easy-to-recycle packaging that prevents contamination and extends the shelf life of products. High-density resin technology for the BOPE market offers a new building block.

HD-BOPE is a transformative technology that enables the manufacture of all-polyethylene, recyclable multilayer film structures with significantly improved physical performance vs blown. It is designed for use in food packaging, heavy duty shipping sacks, e-commerce and other demanding applications. Read the press release for more information.

Technical Features/Benefits

  • Single pellet HD-BOPE solution
  • Proven processability on commercial tenter frame lines
  • High stiffness to maintain registration for printing and converting
  • High puncture resistance and easy open tear
  • High temperature resistance compared to LLD-BOPE
  • Improved optics over blown film HDPE films


HD-BOPE may be able to replace the BOPP or BOPET print web in a range of applications:

  • Metalized films
  • Heat sealable films
  • Stand-up pouch
  • Flow wrapper
  • Pillow packs
  • Tapes and labels
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Media Coverage

Sustainable Plastics

A lightbulb moment led to the development of a new material – how three companies came together to make that happen

Plastics Technology

Nova’s new biaxially oriented HDPE is seen as a more easily recyclable monomaterial contender versus multilayer BOPP or BOPET films.

Plastics in Packaging

New resin technology set to transform flexibles market

Chemical Week

Nova introduces biaxially oriented PE film technology.

Canadian Plastics

Nova enters high-density biaxially oriented polyethylene market

Plastics News

Developing HD-BOPE shows working together is a success.

Packaging Digest

Nova Chemicals’ Biaxially Oriented PE Film Technology Achieves Milestone in Recyclability