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New Barrier Innovation from Berry, Mitsubishi Improves Recyclability of Food Packaging

  • Berry Global
Eating, Drinking, Food, Active, Smart Packaging, Sustainable Packaging, Recyclable Packaging, Plastic

High-performance barrier coating, MXD6, earned Critical Guidance recognition for recyclability.

Packaging industry leader, Berry Global Group, Inc., and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (MGC) partnered to develop a recyclable barrier solution for thermoformed articles, plastic tubes, jars, and bottles using MXD6; a superior barrier resin manufactured by MGC. This innovative barrier solution provides a barrier in packaging that helps protect and extend the shelf-life of foods without the use of Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH).

MXD6 is recyclable, up to 12% loading, offers an alternative during material shortages, and overcomes the performance and compatibility limitations of EVOH, including limited recyclability and reprocessing issues like degradation and/or contamination.

“In addition to maintaining food freshness by keeping the air out and flavors in, MXD6 is recyclable – so it has the potential to significantly reduce both food and plastic waste,” said Debra Wilson, Material Science Director for Berry’s Consumer Packaging – North America Division. “With the APR recognition, brand owners can feel confident this new alternative to EVOH can help support their sustainability goals without sacrificing performance or product protection.”

This new technology received Critical Guidance recognition from the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), which validates MXD6 is compatible with the Polypropylene (PP) recycling stream. Berry Global’s validation testing proved MXD6 is more compatible with existing reprocessing systems than EVOH, allowing the material to be reprocessed more cleanly without degradation and contamination issues. Because MDX6 is recyclable up to 12%, the material can be used in larger percentages while still allowing brands to make recyclability claims.

“Our company contributes to societal growth and harmony by creating a wide range of value through chemistry,” said Numa Dongo, General Manager of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America’s Specialty Materials Department. “Improving recyclability of plastic packaging and extending the shelf life of foods progresses the sustainable development goal of responsible consumption and production.”

MGC worked with Berry as a development partner to advance sustainable solutions for barrier packaging. MGC supplied the material and Berry leveraged its unmatched global capabilities, sustainability leadership, and deep innovation expertise to develop the innovative barrier solution.

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  • Modified 26 Mar 2024
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