NOVA Chemicals Introduces Recyclable Stand-up Pouch Structure Design

Calgary, Alberta, Canada (June 13, 2016) – NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”) today announced that it has developed a versatile all-polyethylene (PE) multilayer structure design for use in the popular stand-up pouch package format. The structure is compatible with #2 HDPE recycling streams, while retaining the performance, processability and cost-competitiveness of existing mixed-material structures.

The new multi-layer PE film offers several benefits:

Film customers can work with NOVA Chemicals experts at the Centre for Performance Applications to optimize this structure for their processing capabilities and their customers’ pouch requirements such as oxygen and moisture barrier performance or abuse resistance.

“Every application is unique. We can collaborate with converters to make a structure that works well on their equipment and has the performance characteristics their customers desire,” said Rob Clare, applications development specialist, NOVA Chemicals. “This structure makes stand-up pouch packaging easily recyclable with no loss of performance or added cost.”

The stand-up pouch is a very popular and fast growing package type. It is used for a wide variety of applications including dry foods, frozen foods, liquids, confectionery, pet foods and non-food items. However, most existing stand-up pouch packaging is made from mixed materials and therefore cannot be easily recycled.

“The stand-up pouch design was first conceived as a more sustainable replacement to glass and other rigid containers,” said Mike Cappelli, food packaging market manager, NOVA Chemicals Polyethylene Business. “A recyclable pouch is the next frontier in sustainability for this popular packaging. We’re thrilled to introduce this solution to our film customers and give them new sustainable options to share with their pouch customers.”

For more information on NOVA Chemicals’ all-PE structure design, visit the NOVA Chemicals booth #B25 at the Global Pouch Forum, taking place June 15-17 in Miami, Florida.


About NOVA Chemicals

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

About NOVA Chemicals Polyethylene Business

The NOVA Chemicals polyethylene business enables its customers’ success with a portfolio of more than 125 specialized SURPASS®, SCLAIR® and NOVAPOL® resins. Each new NOVA Chemicals resin is developed to meet customer requirements, from drop-in consistency to step-out performance attributes. Our customer-centric approach is driven by our brand promises of Focused Expertise, Applied Innovation, Proactive Service and Reliable Supply.


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