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January 28, 2020 - Textile World

APR in the News

Ampacet Introduces ReVive™ Compatibilizer; Enables Recycling Of Co-Mingled Scrap

Ampacet introduces ReVive™ Compatibilizer masterbatch, a blend of functional additives that can reduce the amount of material sent to landfills by allowing post-industrial and post-consumer barrier films to be reprocessed back into the polyolefin recycling stream. ReVive is part of Ampacet’s R3 Sustainable Solutions, a portfolio of innovative masterbatches supporting the global circular economy.

“ReVive helps to minimize the environmental impact of barrier film packaging, and can help CPG brands use more recycled materials in their packaging to achieve sustainability goals,” says Doreen Becker, Ampacet Sustainability Director. Ampacet ReVive gives film producers the opportunity to meet Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) test protocols which enable CPG brands to apply for Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s (SPC) How2Recycle designations. Film producers also can reduce costs by reducing their use of virgin resin.

Ampacet ReVive maintains good flow properties with letdown ratios of 3 to 5 percent of the total film structure in recycled materials containing Nylon and/or EVOH which leads to improved processing. Independent tests demonstrated that Ampacet ReVive improves optical properties: adding 5 percent to a polyester/nylon blend reduces haze from 55 percent to 18 percent and increases gloss from 18 to 43 Gloss Units, compared with a PE/PA recycle stream with and without ReVive. This improves flow and mechanical properties, resulting in improved gloss and lower haze.

Read the full article from Textile World.