The Association of Plastic Recyclers
  • APR Design® Recognition Program
    APR Design® Recognition Program
Innovation CategoryRecognition DateRecognition LevelCompany NameInnovation Trade Name
AdditivesJune 25, 2019Applications GuidanceColorMatrix EuropeColorMatrix™ SmartHeat RHC reheat and process aid for PET bottles
AdditivesMarch 3, 2011Critical GuidanceColorMatrixHyCat and Ultimate UV390™
AdhesivesMarch 20, 2017Responsible InnovationSun Chemical Corp.SunLam™ ADHA100
Barrier materialsDecember 4, 2020Critical GuidanceHusky Injection Molding Systems and Mitsubishi Gas ChemicalMulti-layered PET bottle made with Husky® HPP5 Multi-Layer Systems and using 2.5% or less of MGC MX Nylon M6007D™ placed specifically in the sidewall with avoidance in the neck finish and base
Barrier materialsDecember 6, 2018Critical GuidanceKHS CorpoplastFreshSafe-PET®
Closures & DispensersMarch 5, 2021Critical GuidanceProctor & Gamble100% polymer bag-in-bottle PET aerosol container without base cup system
Closures & DispensersDecember 10, 2020Critical GuidanceProctor & Gamble100% polymer dip tube or bag-in-bottle PET aerosol container with base cup system
Closures & DispensersDecember 17, 2019Critical GuidanceProctor & GamblePET bottle and all-polymer valve, seal, and dip tube assembly
Label InksJune 22, 2018Critical GuidanceDEKRON GmbHDecoType Select
Label InksJuly 12, 2016Applications GuidancePlastipakFour color (white, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) Direct Object Printing™ technology with up to and including 70% surface coverage on a PET bottle
Label InksJune 16, 2016Critical GuidancePlastipakFour color (white, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) Direct Object Printing™ technology with up to and including 70% surface coverage on a PET bottle
Label InksMay 8, 2014Applications GuidancePlastipakFour color Direct Object Printing™ technology with 2.5% and less surface coverage
PET Thermoform Labels and AdhesivesAugust 31, 2015PET Thermoform ProgramArtcraft Label Inc.ProPET™ labels with acrylic water-borne adhesive
PS LabelsDecember 20, 2017Critical GuidanceAvery DennisonCleanFlake™ Pressure Sensitive Label Film
PS LabelsJune 20, 2016Critical GuidanceMulti-Color Corp.Multi-Color recycLABEL™ Clear (PSPL78411, PSPL78413) and recycLABEL™ White (PSPL78412, PSPL78414)
PS LabelsDecember 10, 2015Critical GuidanceCCL LabelLD-PSL System
PS LabelsMay 9, 2014Critical GuidanceThe Kennedy GroupPureVue™ White or Clear Recyclable Pressure Sensitive Labels
PS Labels/adhesivesNovember 25, 2020Critical GuidanceFLEXcon Company, Inc.Undecorated optiFLEX ecoFOCUS PP 200 H Clear, optiFLEX ecoFOCUS PP 230 H White, and optiFLEX ecoFOCUS MPP 200 H Silver topcoated pressure sensitive labels, all with V-52RE adhesive
PS Labels/adhesivesAugust 17, 2020Critical GuidanceGreen Bay PackagingGreenCycle™ 2.4 mil white top-coated BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate (24WCT) with 776S adhesive
PS Labels/adhesivesAugust 4, 2020Critical GuidanceMactac2.6 mil white top-coated BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate and 2.0 mil clear top-coated BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate, both with PUREfloat™ emulsion acrylic adhesive
PS Labels/adhesivesJuly 21, 2020Critical GuidanceGreen Bay PackagingGreenCycle™ 2.4 mil white top-coated BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate (024TL) and 1.85 Mil Clear BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate (018CT), both with 776S acrylic emulsion adhesive
PS Labels/adhesivesMarch 25, 2020Critical GuidanceGolden ManufacturersFIJI Water pressure sensitive label
PS Labels/adhesivesMarch 18, 2020Critical GuidanceGreen Bay PackagingGreenCycle™ 2.4 mil white top-coated BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate and 1.85 Mil Clear BOPP pressure sensitive label substrate, both with 776S acrylic emulsion adhesive
PS Labels/adhesivesJune 20, 2016Critical GuidanceUPM Raflatac Inc.RW85C acrylic emulsion adhesive and clear or white BOPP films undecorated labels covering 40% or less of the area of a PET bottle
PS Labels/adhesivesNovember 21, 2013Critical GuidanceMulti-Color CorporationRecycLABEL® clear #11581 and RecycLABEL® white #11582 pressure sensitive labels made with clear and white BOPP and an acrylic emulsion adhesive
ResinNovember 5, 2015Critical GuidanceEastman Chemical CompanyEastar™ polyester E8001
ResinMay 13, 2015Critical GuidanceIndorama VenturesPolyClear® EBM PET 5507
ResinOctober 21, 2014Critical GuidanceDAK Americas LLCArray™ EBM 5862
ResinJune 23, 2014Critical GuidanceAuriga PolymersPolyClear® EBM PET 5506
ResinJuly 12, 2012Critical GuidanceEastman Chemical CompanyAspira™ One
ResinJune 21, 2012Critical GuidanceDAK Americas LLCArray™ EBM 5860 and Array™ EBM 5861
ResinJune 21, 2012Critical GuidanceDAK Americas LLCLaser+® 7000 (B92A)
ResinMarch 21, 2012Applications GuidanceAuriga PolymersPolyclear® EBM PET 5505
ResinOctober 20, 2011Applications GuidanceAuriga PolymersPolyclear® EBM PET 5505
ResinFebruary 3, 2010Critical GuidanceIndorama VenturesPolyClear® EBM PET 5505
ResinApril 17, 2009Critical GuidanceMitsubishi ChemicalBK 6180
ResinOctober 16, 2008Critical GuidanceWellman, Inc.PermaClear® Ti842
Sleeve LabelsSeptember 9, 2020Critical GuidanceMulti-Color Corp.Roll-On Shrink-On (ROSO) label with MCC Colorfast™ Inks
Sleeve LabelsAugust 4, 2020Critical GuidanceCCL LabelEcoCrys™
Sleeve LabelsJune 2, 2020Critical GuidanceMulti-Plastics, Inc.EnviroCycle® 4200 Series copolyester heat shrinkable sleeve film substrate
Sleeve LabelsFebruary 12, 2020Critical GuidanceFar Eastern New Century CorpTopGreen®
Sleeve LabelsFebruary 5, 2020

Updated March 2, 2021
Critical GuidanceKlockner PentaplastPentalabel® SmartCycle™ and Pentalabel® SmartCycle™ Pro with 30% PCR polyester shrink sleeve label film substrate
Sleeve LabelsDecember 17, 2018Critical GuidanceEastman Chemical CompanyEastman Embrace Encore® & Eastman Embrace Float®
Sleeve LabelsJuly 27, 2017Critical GuidanceKlockner PentaplastPentalabel® ClearFloat™ LC8CF (previously referenced as LC8CV) and TC8CF (previously referenced as TC8CV)
Sleeve LabelsMarch 17, 2017Critical GuidanceTaghleef Industries and Brook & Whittle LimitedFloatable 45 micron TDS65 sleeve label substrate undecorated and converted sleeve label substrate gravure printed by Brook & Whittle Ltd.
Sleeve LabelsOctober 17, 2016Critical GuidanceUPM Raflatac Inc.RafShrink PO MDO 40 LS and RafShrink PO TDO 45 HS
Sleeve LabelsOctober 20, 2014Critical GuidanceSleever InternationalLDPET shrink sleeve labels
Sleeve LabelsJune 24, 2014Critical GuidanceUPM Raflatac Inc.RafShrink PO MDO 40 and RafShrink PO MDO 40 HS
Sleeve LabelsMay 21, 2014Critical GuidanceAvery DennisonCleanFlake™ Roll Fed Sleeve Label
Sleeve Labels/inksApril 26, 2021Critical GuidanceCCL LabelCCL Label’s EcoFloat™ polyolefin shrink sleeve label decorated with caustic-resistant and non-staining ink
Sleeve Labels/inksApril 12, 2021Critical GuidanceGarware Polyester Ltd.Garware Polyester Ltd.’s ECO-REP heat shrinkable film with washable HP Indigo ElectroInk printed on a HP Indigo Press for crystallizable copolyester shrink sleeve labels for PET bottles
Sleeve Labels/inksMarch 26, 2020Critical GuidanceEastman, Bonset, SiegwerkAquantum primer and Sicura inks Printed on Bonset America’s Bonpet Renew™ crystallizable shrink film, made with Eastman Chemical’s Embrace Encore™ resin
Sleeve Labels/inksMarch 19, 2020Critical GuidanceINX International Ink Co.Genesis GS™
Sleeve Labels/inksFebruary 14, 2020Critical GuidanceMulti-Color Corp.MultiColor™ washable ink system on Bonset America’s Bonpet Renew™ Shrink Film made from Eastman Chemical’s Embrace Encore™ resin
Sleeve Labels/inksFebruary 6, 2020Critical GuidanceEastman, Bonset, Sun ChemBonpet Renew™ crystallizable shrink film, made with Eastman Chemical’s Embrace Encore™ resin, and printed with Sun Chemical’s SunSpectro® SolvaWash GR washable ink system
Sleeve Labels/inksSeptember 6, 2019Critical GuidanceAmerican Fuji SealRecShrink
Sleeve Labels/inksJune 13, 2019Critical GuidanceFort DearbornRecycle Friendly washable ink system printed on SKC Ecolabel™
Sleeve Labels/inksOctober 12, 2016Critical GuidanceMulti-Color Corp.recycLABEL™ Clear (HSLPE10002) shrink sleeve label with white, yellow, magenta, cyan, and black decoration
Sleeve Labels/inksJuly 29, 2016Critical GuidanceSKC, Inc.SKC Ecolabel™ used with MCC DNX53™ inking system
Sleeve Labels/inksMay 23, 2014Critical GuidanceAmerican Fuji SealShrink film “FVH2-05” & non-bleeding ink system “IA1-L”
Sleeve Labels/inksMay 13, 2014Critical GuidancePolysack Flexible PackagingPolyphane™ FitSleeve Label with 527 ink system

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