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Innovation Category Recognition Date Recognition Level Company Name Innovation Trade Name
AdditiveJune 22, 2021Critical GuidanceKraton Corporation CirKular+™ C2000 and CirKular+™ C3000 performance enhancing additives for HDPE bottles at up to and including 5% loading
Barrier materialsAugust 28, 2021Critical GuidanceRego Packaging (GZ) REGO ECO ERA MONO PBL undecorated HDPE Industrial Co., Ltd.tube with less than 5% vinyl alcohol-(瑞高包装)based barrier layer system and HDPE closure
Barrier materialsJune 28, 2021Critical GuidanceCCL Tube Eco Vision direct printed PE tube with 5% and less EVOH and HDPE closure.
Barrier materialsJune 17, 2021Critical Guidance & Bottle-to-BottleKim Pack Company, Ltd. Kim Pai Go Green HD-PBL 220/11 HDPE/LLDPE laminated non-metallized tube, direct decorated with UV flexo inks and gloss varnish on white HDPE and with 3.7% or less ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier layer and tie layer and with an HDPE shoulder and a PET shoulder insert and without closure
Barrier materialsJune 17, 2021Critical Guidance & Bottle-to-BottleKim Pai Lamitube Company Limited Kim Pai Go Green HD-PBL EV15-350 HDPE/LLDPE extruded non-metallized tube, direct decorated with UV dry-offset inks and gloss varnish on white HDPE and with 3.4% or less ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier layer and tie layer and with an HDPE shoulder and without closure
Barrier materialsDecember 14, 2020Critical Guidance & Bottle-to-BottlePolyplastics USA, Inc. High gloss HDPE container with 20% cyclic olefin copolymer (TOPAS® 8007F-600 COC) outer-layer
Barrier materialsMarch 22, 2021Critical Guidance, Applications Guidance, & Bottle-to-BottleGlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Platina 2515 HDPE tubes with 5% or less EVOH barrier addition, without closure, and with UV-cured printed decoration
Barrier materialsDecember 1, 2020Critical GuidanceEPL Limited Platina 250 HDPE tubes with 5% or less barrier addition decorated with UV-cured printing and with an HDPE closure for Platina tubes
Barrier materialsMay 7, 2021Critical Guidance & Bottle-to-BottleKim Pack Company, Ltd. Kim Pai Go Green 300, 350, and 380 HDPE non-metallized and decorated tubes with 3.9% or less EVOH barrier layer and an HDPE shoulder and PP closure and also Kim Pai Go Green 250 HDPE metallized and decorated tube with 4.4% or less EVOH barrier layer and an HDPE shoulder, with and without a PET shoulder insert, and PP closure
Barrier materialsOctober 1, 2020

Updated March 4, 2021
Critical Guidance & Bottle-to-BottleKim Pack Company, Ltd. Kim Pai Go Green 250 HDPE white sleeve and transparent sleeve direct decorated tube with 5% or less ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier layer and tie layer and with and without a PET shoulder insert
Barrier materialsAugust 24, 2020Critical GuidanceEssel Propack Limited Platina PRO 220 series and Platina PRO 250 series
Barrier materialsMarch 31, 2020Critical GuidanceEssel Propack Limited Platina 400 and GML 300 HDPE tubes
Barrier materialsJune 21, 2019

Updated March 2, 2020
Critical Guidance & Bottle-to-BottleInhance Technologies Enkase™ fluorination coating
Barrier materialsDecember 10, 2019Critical GuidanceLiving Proof HDPE bottle with 10% or less clear ethylene/propylene thermoplastic polyolefin outer layer
Barrier materialsDecember 6, 2019Critical Guidance & Bottle-to-BottleAlbea S.A. Greenleaf Generation 2
Barrier materialsSeptember 10, 2019Critical GuidanceEssel Propack Limited Platina 250 and Green GML 300 HDPE tubes
Barrier materialsJune 21, 2019Applications GuidanceInhance Technologies FluoroSeal® fluorination coating
Barrier materialsJune 10, 2009Applications GuidanceNaked Juice and PepsiCo Multilayer container consisting of homopolymer high density polyethylene, a specific ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier layer, and a specific material tie layer
Barrier, Label Inks, AttachmentsApril 28, 2020Critical GuidanceColgate-Palmolive Samson Tube
Barrier, Label Inks, AttachmentsApril 9, 2019Critical Guidance & Bottle-to-BottleColgate-Palmolive Samson Tube
Closures & Dispensers August 10, 2021 Critical GuidanceAPackaging Group APG Infinity Pump Series Pump
Closures & Dispensers May 10, 2021 Critical GuidanceAptar SimpleCycle™ TPE valves with proper closures for PET, HDPE, and PP bottles
In-mold LabelsJuly 18, 2021Critical Guidance & Bottle-to-BottleYupo Corporation YUPO® white polyolefin in-mold-label (IML) unprinted/undecorated substrates for HDPE bottles
Label InksJune 16, 2016Critical GuidancePlastipak Four color (white, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) Direct Object Printing™ technology with up to and including 70% surface coverage on a pigmented high density polyethylene copolymer bottle
Label InksOctober 17, 2014Critical GuidancePlastipak Two color Direct Object Printing™ technology with 0.6% and less surface coverage on a pigmented copolymer high density polyethylene bottle
PS Labels/adhesivesMay 24, 2021Critical GuidanceGreen Bay Packaging GreenCycle™ 1.85 mil clear top-coated BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate; 2.6 mil cavitated white top-coated BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate; 2.3 mil solid core white top-coated BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate; and 2.4 mil cavitated white top-coated BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate, all with 102 acrylic emulsion adhesive, for HDPE bottles
PS Labels/adhesivesMay 21, 2021Critical GuidanceFLEXcon Company, Inc. Undecorated optiFLEX® ecoFOCUS™ clear and white polyethylene pressure sensitive labels with V-127RE emulsion acrylic adhesive for HDPE bottles
PS Labels/adhesivesDecember 18, 2020Critical GuidanceAvery Dennison Undecorated clear and white PE substrate, clear and white PE/PP polyolefin blend substrate, and white BOPP substrate pressure sensitive labels with general purpose permanent acrylic adhesive for HDPE bottles
PS Labels/adhesivesDecember 17, 2020Critical GuidanceUPM Raflatac Undecorated PE and PP pressure sensitive labels with general purpose acrylic adhesive for HDPE bottles
PS Labels/adhesivesJuly 20, 2020Critical GuidanceAvery Dennison BOPP Film with Pressure Sensitive Acrylic Emulsion Adhesive for HDPE bottles, unprinted
PS Labels/adhesives & Shrink LabelsOctober 12, 2020Critical GuidanceMulti-Color Corp. Polypropylene labels: gravure printed, wax coated substrate, heat transfer label; flexo printed, wax coated substrate, heat transfer label; gravure printed white in-mold label with EVA adhesive; flexo printed, clear pressure sensitive label with 10126 or 13733 acrylic adhesive; and flexo printed, white pressure sensitive label with 104495 acrylic adhesive plus a gravure printed, polyolefin shrink film label
Sleeve LabelsJune 27, 2021Critical GuidanceTaghleef Industires Taghleef Industries’ undecorated Shape360® TDS shrink sleeve film substrate for HDPE bottles
Sleeve LabelsJune 25, 2021Critical GuidanceHenan Yinjinda New Material Co., Ltd. (China) YMR PETG or YBRS hybrid films (PETG/OPS co-extruded and bi-axially oriented) shrink sleeve substrates for HDPE bottles
Tube, Barrier materialSeptember 17, 2020Critical GuidanceBerry Global HDPE and LLDPE, 7.6% or less ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier layer and tie layer, direct printed
Tube, Barrier material, ClosureFebruary 26, 2021Critical GuidanceTUPACK Verpackungen GmbH Decorated HDPE blend tube, without and with less than 5% ethylene vinyl alcohol co-extruded barrier layer and maleated polyolefin tie layer, and low-melt flow index HDPE shoulder and HDPE closure

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